MAFP Leaders Attend Ten State Conference

MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN; President-elect Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA; and Director of Business Development & Operations Michael Macias attended the 2019 AAFP Ten State Conference hosted by New York Academy of Family Physicians in Orlando, February 1-3.

This annual conference provides an opportunity for Family Medicine leaders from the Midwest, upper East Coast, and AAFP to network and learn from each other on issues impacting Family Medicine.

During a session on care integration, Dr. Marshall—a solo Family Physician practicing in Grand Blanc—joined six colleagues in sharing experiences of providing integrated services in their practices.

"Integrative healthcare is the model of the future. We, as Family Physicians, have the opportunity and the know how to make it happen. But in order to make it a reality, we must be adequately reimbursed by all payers, private and governmental," said Dr. Marshall.

Dr. Krishnamani presented and answered questions about MAFP's 2019 advocacy priorities, which focus on the overarching goals of increasing access to care for all, reducing physician administrative burden, investing in the primary care workforce, reforming the payment and delivery system, and preserving public health and safety.

Other sessions focused, among other things, on physician burnout, updates to the American Board of Family Medicine certification process, and state legislative efforts to increase the primary care spend and reform prior authorization.

The 2020 Ten State Conference will be co-hosted by the New Jersey and Delaware chapters of AAFP.