Coronavirus: What Michigan Family Physicians Need to Know

Updated April 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local health departments, and Academy continue to monitor an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.


  • MAFP COVID-19 Webinar Apr. 9, 7pm ET: Paycheck Protection Program & Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • MAFP Telehealth Webinar Materials
    & Recordings: 

    - Physicians and other HCPs
    - Coders and billers
  • Message—And a Thank You—from MAFP President Krishnamani (March 25)
  • MAFP / Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Events: Beyond Clinical & Curriculum Resident Conference (May 1), Member Mixer-Hillsdale County (April 1), Member Mixer-Genesee County (April 3), and Member Mixer-Wayne County (May 1) are cancelled.
  • Board & Committee Meetings: MAFP meetings are suspended through April 15.
  • Staff: MAFP staff are working from their home offices, at 100% capacity. Staff is accessible at 517.347.0098,, or click here for each team member's contact information.
  • NEW MAFP's Online COVID-19 Member Discussion Portal: Sign up for access to online peer-to-peer discussions among MAFP members regarding COVID-19 in Michigan (MAFP member log in required).
  • NEW MAFP's WhatsApp Group Chat for Family Medicine Residents: Sign up for access to chat with family medicine residents across the state (MAFP resident member log in required).
  • NEW Text MIFMCONNECT to 52886 to receive urgent text alerts from MAFP.

Additional Member Resources







Coronavirus Internationally

Confirmed cases continue to increase globally.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern (Jan. 30)
  • WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19 (Feb. 11)
  • WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic (March 11). Johns Hopkins - COVID-19 Map

Coronavirus in the U.S.

There have been a total of 8,910 deaths and 330,891 cases across all states and District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands (CDC closes out data each day at 4 pm).

Coronavirus in Michigan

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has reported 727 deaths and 17,221 cases of COVID-19 spread across the state (MDHHS updates data at 3 pm)


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Office Preparedness

Collecting, Testing & Reporting Specimens



Addiction Medicine

Palliative Care

Personal Protective Equipment

MDHHS COVID-19 Practice Management Guide (April 1)
Please note this is a guide and does not supersede laws with the State of Michigan or individual clinical judgment.

Coding & Billing





  • HHS Relaxes HIPAA Privacy Rules During COVID-19 Emergency (HHS; April 2)
    Effective immediately, HHS Office for Civil Rights will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose potential penalties for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule against covered healthcare providers or their business associates for uses and disclosures of protect health information by business associates for public health and health oversight activities during the COVID-10 public health emergency.

Prior Authorization

  • Michigan Medicaid (MDHHS; March 23)
    Submit service, supply, equipment prior authorization requests electronically through CHAMPS to help minimize delays in authorization.


Webinar, Calls, Etc.


  • AAFP Changes CME Reporting Requirements and Member Dues Deadlines (March 30)
    As Academy members focus on serving patients and all live, in-person CME events hosted by AAFP are canceled through May 31, AAFP has extended CME reporting and membership dues payment deadlines.
  • ABFM Adjusts Certification Activities During COVID-19 Response
    Information regarding American Board of Family Medicine's changes to certification deadlines and certification stage activity requirements, certification and CAQ examination information, FMCLA information, CME requirements, licensure information, and residency/fellowship training.
  • Professional Enrichment Credit
    Did you know that all of the reading and independent study you are doing to keep up on COVID-19 can be counted as CME credit? This independent study can be claimed as Professional Enrichment credit. Go to, choose the Report CME tab, and look for Professional Enrichment in the Self-Directed Learning Activities section. Limited to 25 AAFP Elective credits per three-year re-election cycle.


Below are links to information from Michigan health plans about how they are supporting members during the COVID-19 pandemic:


  • MDHHS Suspends All Medicaid Closures (MDHHS; April 6)
    To ensure all Medicaid beneficiaries are able to receive needed medical services during the COVID-19 emergency, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services suspended program coverage closures for all Medicaid programs beginning March 16. Medicaid coverage will only be closed if the individual moves out of state, requests that their benefits close, or they become deceased.
  • Electronic Claims are Encouraged: Paper Claims Cannot Be Scanned (MDHHS; April 6)
  • MDHHS COVID-19 Response Service Extension Database (MDHHS)
    This database relfects codes and coverage changes that are in effect March through 30 days following termination of Gov. Whitmer's Emergency Order 2020-04 declaring a state of emergency in Michigan, or on the first of the followoing month, whichever is later.
Aetna Better Health of Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Health Alliance Plan of Michigan McLaren Health Plan
Meridian Health Plan of Michigan Michigan Complete Health Molina Healthcare of Michigan Paramount Care of Michigan
Physicians Health Plan Priority Health Total Health Care UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
Upper Peninsula Health Plan