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News & Announcements
On March 22, MAFP Advocacy Committee Chair Tina Tanner, MD (Montague) gave a presentation before the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, introducing the new Committee members to the Academy the policy issues is is prioritizing.
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When the 2017 Match results were anouncend on March 17, more than 30,000 future allopathic physicians learned where they will begin their residency training in July. Among those, 3,237 matched into a Family Medicine residency program—setting an all-time high of graduating medical students choosing the specialty of Family Medicine!
After undergoing last-minute revisions, the U.S. Housed posptoned a vote on the Amercian Health Care Act that was scheduled for March 23--seven years to the date of the Affordable Care Act's passage.
All MAFP members who run MAPS reports should be aware that the state of Michigan replace the old system with Appriss, PMP AWARxE software, effective April 4, 2017.
The House Health Policy Committee considered and passed legislation this week that provides a fix to a telehealth bill signed by Governor Snyder late last year. The committee also considered a technical fix bill that provides for statutory definition around Advanced Practice Registered Nurse licensure and would create a new specialty certification for Clinical Nurse Specialists.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate of the American Health Care Act on March 13, projecting the bill package would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years and increase the number of uninsured Americans to 24 million by 2026.
Best Wishes for a Successful 'Match Day'
MAFP and its philanthropic arm, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, sends best wishes to Family Medicine resident applicants as they await the results of the 2017 'Match' on March 17.
The new 'fix bill' would permit the prescribing of controlled substances as a telehealth service and directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to promulgate rules in conjunction with the Board of Medicine implementing the provisions of the bill.
As part of a series of presentations intended to educate members of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee about healthcare issues they could confront during the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America gave a presentation on March 8 on its industry and recent trends and public policy implications.