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Asthma Guidelines & Yardsticks
Staying updated on the best ways to diagnose and manage asthma can be challenging. Two organizations—Global Initiative on Asthma and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology—have new materials that can help.
Teaching health centers have proven to be successful in recruiting medical students into primary care and training them in comprehensive patient care at less cost. Their continued success now depends on Congressional action. Unless Congress reauthorizes the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, federal support ends on October 1. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to urge them to support the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019.
American Board of Family Medicine is searching for board-certified family physicians to become members of a virtual network to provide general and issue-specific feedback that will help continually improve the certification process. Involvement in the ABFM Engagement Network will include periodically answering brief questions and short surveys that will provide the organization with valuable crowd-sourcing information to guide its work on evolving Family Medicine Certification.
Much to the consternation and disappointment of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Legislature adjourned on June 20 for the summer in-district break, leaving the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget and road funding deal unfinished. Before leaving town, several bills on MAFP’s radar saw some movement. Among them are e-prescribing and pregnancy termination bills.
According to data released by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on June 18, the number of opioid prescriptions and schedule 2-5 controlled substances dispensed in 2018 compared to 2017 decreased by 15% and 11.5%, respectively. Over the same time period, the MI Automated Prescription System (MAPS) registration rate increased 134%. While this new data is good news, some warn it’s unclear whether opioid-related deaths also declined in 2018, as the state hasn’t released that data yet.
American Board of Family Medicine's PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care—the first three years are free to ABFM Diplomates.
Five posters submitted by students and residents from Michigan have been selected for display and/or oral presentation at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 25-27, in Kansas City, MO. The purpose of the poster competition is to stimulate research by medical students and family medicine residents, to provide a venue to share innovative and effective educational programs, and to showcase unique community projects.
MAFP submitted written testimony in opposition to legislation introduced in the House and Senate that, if passed, would require all prescriptions to be transmitted electronically to the pharmacy. While the legislation allows for exceptions to the e-prescribing mandate, and for prescribers to obtain a waiver, MAFP has concerns about the proposed implementation date, fines that violators would be required to pay, and lack of definitions for exemption categories.
MAFP joined more than 230 national and state organizations, including AAFP, in signing a letter sent on June 7 to the sponsors of the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019. Sparked by the current measles outbreak—the worst in more than two decades—HR 2862 aims to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation and ensure continued public awareness of the importance of vaccinations.
As you prepare for attending the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo, August 1-4, at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, you may be wondering what, if any, conference-related expenses are eligible to “write off” for tax purposes. The answer to that question is governed by the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and depends on whether you are attending the conference as an individual or as a representative of your business.