News & Announcements
Before adjourning in December 2018, the Michigan legislature passed, and former Governor Snyder signed, a 2018-2019 supplemental appropriations bill that allocates $7.1 million in additional funding to combat the state's Hepatitis A outbreak. With this additional funding, the state has spent $14.2 million over the past two years to fight the outbreak. This marks the first time the state has allocated funds to assist in combating an outbreak.
As of January 17, leadership in both chambers have released their respective committee assignments for the 2019-2020 legislative session. Now the work begins to educate new and returning lawmakers, particularly those who serve on committees with jurisdiction over health policy and appropriations, about the value of Family Medicine and the delivery of, and access to, primary care.
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.
Each year, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan selects one student member of MAFP to participate in a four- to six-week Family Medicine externship tailored to his/her interests. The goal of the experience is to stimulate interest in selecting a career as a Michigan Family Physician and/or pursuing research opportunities in Family Medicine. Interested students, working with their medical school to identify a Family Medicine mentor/preceptor and plan the externship, should submit an application to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan by April 1.
MAFP, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, and Family Medicine PAC are seeking candidates interested in serving on the MAFP Board of Directors, FMFM Board of Trustees, FMPAC Board of Directors, and/or a committee. Applications are due beginning March 1.
MAFP's 2019 Advocacy Priorities
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians' advocacy agenda supports public policies and legislation that underlie the Academy’s strategic vision—to ensure all Michigan residents have access to quality, affordable healthcare within a Family Physician-led medical home. Focus issues for 2019 are organized in five categories: increasing access to care for all, reducing administative burden, investing in the primary care workforce, reforming the payment and delivery system, and preserving public health and safety.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is accepting Michigan State Loan Repayment Program applications, February 4-8, from eligible healthcare professionals, including Family Physicians. Since the program was established in 1991, 1,000-plus healthcare professionals have received loan repayment assistance while helping to meet medical, dental, and mental healthcare needs in underserved communities.
Number of DOs on the Rise
A newly released report shows that the number of osteopathic physicians has tripled since 1990, the profession is trending younger, more women are entering the field, and more than half of all DOs are practicing primary care specialties, including Family Medicine.
Are you a resident or student member of MAFP with a desire to influence AAFP policies, programs, and services? If so, you are encouraged to apply to serve as a Michigan Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 25-27, in Kansas City, Missouri.
In its continued effort to combat Michigan’s opioid epidemic, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently modified the Pharmacy Controlled Substance rules. Three significant changes went into effect on January 4. Most significant of those is identification of five exceptions to the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship requirement. The revised rules also categorize gabapentin as a Schedule 5 drug and require all controlled substance licensees and their delegates to complete a one-time training in opioids and controlled substances awareness.