News & Announcements

NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program Applications Due February 21
02/07/2019

Eligible clinicians passionate about helping patients recover from addiction are encouraged to apply to the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. HRSA is accepting applications through Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm ET.

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U.S. Senate Panel Explores Physician-dispensed Prescriptions
02/07/2019

As the U.S. Senate explores ways to lower healthcare costs, the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on February 5 on potential changes to primary care coverage. Among the ideas presented was incentivizing physicians to purchase generic drugs directly from wholesalers, similar to how direct primary care providers secure extremely low prescription prices for their patients.

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AMA Survey: Prior Authorization Leads to Serious Adverse Health Outcomes
02/07/2019

One in three physician respondents to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association said prior authorization has led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients.

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State of the State Rescheduled for Feb. 12; MAFP Co-sponsoring WKAR's Statewide Broadcast
01/31/2019

MAFP is proud to co-sponsor WKAR's live broadcast of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address on publication television and Radio 90.5, February 12, beginning at 7 pm.

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State & Federal Loan Repayment Programs Offer Medical Education Debt Relief
01/25/2019

With the average medical school debt topping $200,000 in 2018, seeking ways to pay off student loans is top-of-mind for most new physicians and physicians-in-training. Fortunately, there are several state and federal loan repayment programs available to assist with debt reduction in return for helping to meet healthcare needs in medically underserved communities.

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Indivdual FMPAC Contributions, Relationships with Lawmakers Key to Effective Advocacy
01/25/2019

MAFP members have a vital role in the success of the Academy's advocacy efforts. While MAFP's advocacy team has already begun meeting with new and returning legislators to ensure our advocacy priorities are top-of-mind as policies, legislation, and appropriations are considered during Michigan's 100th legislative session, it is advocacy at the individual level—through contributions to the Family Medicine Political Action Committee and building relationships with one's elected officials—that truly has the most impact. Read more about what's in store for 2019 and how you can get involved to advocate for your specialty and your patients.

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Student-Run Clinics a Win for Patients and Future Physicians
01/25/2019

Student-run clinics—such as CMU Street Medicine, University of Michigan’s Student-Run Free Clinic, Detroit Street Care, and an interprofessional health clinic borne out of a partnership between Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and University of Michigan Flint Department of Physical Therapy—are being recognized for meeting healthcare needs of underserved populations while also providing valuable hands-on clinical and practice management experience for medical students.

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Call for Advocacy ‘Key Contacts’
01/25/2019

As advocacy efforts kick off for the 2019-2020 state legislative term, it is important that MAFP has a “key contact” list of members who are dedicated to advancing Family Medicine in Michigan through advocacy, and eager to assist in shaping policy and legislation and communicating with legislative leaders. Is there an issue you are passionate about and/or have expertise? Do you have a personal relationship with a state legislator? MAFP wants to hear from you!

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ProAssurance Joins MAFP’s Family Medicine Business Network
01/18/2019

MAFP is proud to announce that ProAssurance has joined the exclusive Family Medicine Business Network at the top tier Chairman’s Circle. Newly launched in 2018, MAFP’s Family Medicine Business Network facilitates connections between physicians who specialize in Family Medicine and businesses, such as ProAssurance, that have an interest in what happens on the primary healthcare scene and want to support the work of Family Physicians.

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ABFM Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot Underway
01/18/2019

American Board of Family Medicine’s Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment launched on January 4 for currently board-certified Family Physicians who are in the 10th year of their certification cycle and due to take their exam in 2019. Family Physicians who have completed all requirements and submitted an approved application can now access the first set of 25 questions from within their Physician Portfolio on ABFM’s website. The deadline to complete the first quarter is March 31. Physicians still wanting to apply for the pilot or one-day exam may do so until March 1.

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