MAFP Membership Considers 13 Resolutions at Governance Meeting

July 9, 2022 – Today during the 2022 Annual Meeting, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians members considered 13 resolutions authored by members. Of those, two were adopted, four were adopted as amended, three were referred to the MAFP Board of Directors for further investigation, and four were not adopted. Two of the resolutions will be forwarded to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for consideration when it convenes Sept. 19-21.

A resolution is a formal proposal for resolving an issue of concern, establishing MAFP policy, or requesting the investigation of or implementation of an MAFP initiative or program. Any member in good standing may introduce a resolution, take the floor during the Annual Meeting to speak in favor of or against a resolution, and vote on resolutions.

Below is a summary of the membership’s actions on the 13 proposed resolutions. To read the resolutions in their entirety, click here.

Resolution writing is a great way for members to hone their advocacy skills and help shape their Academy. To learn about the resolution writing and submission process, click here.

Thank you to MAFP's 2021-2022 Speaker, Rachel Klamo, DO, FAAFP, for leading an efficient and productive Annual Meeting where all voices were given the opportunity to be heard, and to Parliamentarian Jennifer, Aloff, MD, FAAFP, resolution authors, members who participated in the meeting, and the Resolution Review Committee.

22-01: Oppose All Restrictive Covenants
Adopted
Calls on MAFP to oppose the application or enforcement of restrictive covenants toward physicians by any or all hospital and healthcare systems.

22-02: Prevent Criminalization of Medical Errors
Adopted as amended
Calls on MAFP to take a position of opposition to the criminalization of medical errors; advocate for the Michigan Legislature to prevent the criminalization of medical errors; and monitor for legal action brought against any of its members and support those members, if the Board of Directors deems it appropriate.

22-03: Oppose Misappropriation of Titles
Referred to the MAFP Board of Directors
Calls on MAFP to oppose the misappropriation of titles traditionally associated with and reserved for physicians, and to opposed the misappropriation of names and titles traditionally associated with and reserved for physician organizations and membership associations.

22-04: Expand Senior Services and Provide Caregiver Living Wage
Referred to the MAFP Board of Directors
Calls on MAFP to urge AAFP to advocate for interdisciplinary collaborations of experts and organizations to build supply chain resiliency in long-term in-home and community-based care; to advocate for the inclusion of financial security, qualify of life, and access to support services for family caregivers as policy priorities of the Build Back Better Act in Michigan; urge AAFP to advocate for the inclusion of financial security, qualify of life, and access to support services for family caregivers as policy priorities of the Build Back Better Act; urge AAFP to advocate for the expansion of Medicare coverage for all sensory impairments including vision, dental, and hearing with reduced out-of-pocket spending by seniors; and urge AAFP to advocate for increased Medicaid reimbursement to raise wages for essential workers to retain them in home- and community-based services.

22-05: Support Gender-Affirming Medical Care for Transgender Youth
Adopted as amended
Calls on MAFP to affirm, through policy, its support of gender-affirming medical care for transgender and gender-diverse patients, including transgender youth; and to actively advocate against any current or future proposed state legislation that would prohibit and/or criminalize physicians from providing evidence-based gender-affirming medical care to transgender and gender-diverse patients, including children and adolescents.

22-06: Support Gender-Diverse Athletes’ Participation in Sports
Adopted as amended
Calls on MAFP to affirm, through policy, that transgender athletes, in grades K-12, should be permitted to play on the sports team(s) consistent with their affirmed gender; and to actively advocate against any current or future proposed state legislation that would prohibit transgender youth from participating in athletics in their affirmed gender.

22-07: Creation of Emeritus Status by American Board of Family Medicine
Adopted, being forwarded to AAFP Congress of Delegates
Calls on MAFP to urge AAFP to advocate that American Board of Family Medicine create an Emeritus status of board certification and that an Emeritus family physician will be exempt from the requirement of passing a board certification exam to retain said status; to retain the Emeritus status, an Emeritus family physician will continue to meet the requirement of obtaining 150 hours of continuing medical education credits, with at least 50% consisting of prescribed credits, every three years.

22-08: Support Patients Across the Spectrum of Abortion Care
Adopted as amended, being forwarded to AAFP Congress of Delegates
Calls on MAFP to identify high quality continuing medical education materials and make them accessible to members via the MAFP website, newsletters, and other communications about self-managed medication abortion and management of physician-directed aftercare needs; to encourage AAFP to make similar continuing medical education materials available, including: (1) an updated educational article about self-managed medication abortion in the American Family Physician journal and (2) publication of a policy paper stating the safety and efficacy of self-sourced medication abortion; and to encourage AAFP to update materials on familydoctor.org to include patient-facing materials on self-sourced and self-managed medication abortion.

22-09: Support Paid Parental Leave for Residents
Not adopted
Called on MAFP to request tAAFP to advocate for legislation that would require standardized, transparent, and paid parental leave for expecting and adopting parents during residency; and to request that AAFP advocate for legislation that would, over time, address the high rate of infertility among female physicians.

22-10: Value-based Transparency
Referred to the MAFP Board of Directors
Calls on MAFP to request that AAFP explore changes needed in value-based payment models to address the lack of transparency in value-based payments/incentives to family physicians; and to request that AAFP explore methodologies that allow family physicians to determine the actual reimbursement value for the value-based services they provide, actual distribution amounts, and costs to provide such services, and help verify appropriate and fair compensation.

2022-11: Trauma-informed Care Training in Medical Education
Not adopted
Called on MAFP to take a position of support of additional trauma-informed care training in medical curricula.

2022-12: Formalized Training of Intimate Partner Violence Screening & Prevention
Not adopted
Called on MAFP to recognize intimate partner violence as a public health crisis and advocate for the urgent need to increase formalized training in undergraduate medical school curricula for screening for intimate partner violence

2022-13: Drug Abuse Screening Language Change
Not adopted
Called on MAFP to request AAFP to advocate for legislation and/or changes to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rules that would require a standardized and clinically validated name change of urine assessments for substances from “drug abuse screen” to “substance use disorder screen” in electronic and non-electronic health records and billing codes.