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New research published in JAMA Network Open shows that the opioid crisis is far from over in the U.S., as reported by AAFP. In fact, based on a mathematical model researchers developed from data garnered from several sources, there is evidence that the crisis may get worse before it gets better. What’s needed to turn the tide, concluded the researchers, is a multi-pronged strategy.
Thirty-four percent of graduating osteopathic medical students were accepted into Family Medicine residency programs in the final American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration Program on February 4. Beginning in 2020, when the five-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education is complete, most osteopathic and allopathic medical school seniors and graduates will seek residency placement through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s National Resident Matching Program, commonly referred to as “The Match.”
Virtual Care Utilization is on the Rise
Results of an Accenture survey show that utilization of virtual care is on the rise. Twenty-nine percent of all adult patients surveyed report they have used virtual care, compared to 21% in 2017. Virtual care preference and utilization are highest among millennials, who are beginning to represent the largest group of healthcare consumers, followed by generation Z patients. To help you prepare for this shift to technology-based care, a session on telemedicine is being offered on Friday, August 5 during the 2019 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo at Shanty Creek in Bellaire.
On February 14, the newly formed Senate Advice and Consent Committee held a hearing on the nomination and appointment of Robert Gordon as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Topics of discussion included, among other things, Governor Gretchen Whitmer's intent to work with the legislature on making changes to Healthy Michigan work requirements, improving health outcomes for infants, addressing the opioid crisis, integrating behavioral and physical health, and improving long-term care.
The Michigan Family Medicine Research Day planning committee invites abstract submissions of original research, scholarly, and quality improvement projects pertinent to Family Medicine and primary care, including population health and behavioral health integration, are welcome by March 15. Oral and/or poster presentations will be presented at the conference on May 23 at The Johnson Center at Cleary University in Howell.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her inaugural State of the State Address before a joint session of the Michigan House and Senate on February 12, speaking about the challenges facing Michigan, solutions for addressing them, and her priorities for the next year and beyond.
Funded by Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services for the final year of a four-year $70 million award, Michigan’s State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative is focused in 2019 on refining and optimizing the state’s vision for a person-centered healthcare system that coordinates care across medical settings and with community organizations to address social determinants of health and improve health outcomes through community-centered solutions.
Ten Michigan Hospitals Among America's Best
Ten Michigan hospitals are among America’s best hospitals, as identified by Healthgrades’ 2019 annual awards. America’s Best Hospitals™ awards are based on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures. According to a press release, patients treated in hospitals named as America’s Best Hospitals™ have, on average, a 27.1% lower risk of dying than patients treated at other hospitals.
Under the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, released jointly by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on February 11, approximately 125 million Americans would have access to their healthcare information—including diagnoses, procedures, tests, and providers seen—if the rule is finalized.
A study published in the February 1 issue of American Family Physician shows that increasing the number of allopathic medical schools does not ensure a corresponding increase of graduates choosing the Family Medicine specialty. While the total number of U.S. graduates who entered a Family Medicine residency program rose 64% over the past 10 years, the proportion of allopathic medical school graduates who chose Family Medicine during that time period remained constant at around 50%.