News & Announcements
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.
The Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on January 31. Please contact Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) to urge them to support this legislation that would reauthorize the highly successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program for five years.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the 2019 child and adolescent immunization schedules—approved by AAFP—on February 5. Included are changes to recommendations for influenza, hepatitis A and B, and Tdap vaccines.
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%.
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.
A report released on February 6 provides estimates of the potential impacts of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements that must be met for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries to maintain coverage. Key findings include that, each month, an estimated 174,000 people will be found noncompliant for failure to meet the reporting obligations of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements, and that 61,000-183,000 Healthy Michigan beneficiaries will lose coverage over a one-year period.
AAFP Foundation is accepting applications until March 1 from student and resident members of AAFP who are interested in participating in the 2019 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI)—a year-long program designed to cultivate leaders who will guide Family Medicine into the future.