News & Announcements
MAFP Resident Ambassadors Program Kicks Off
New to MAFP’s lineup of initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the Academy and the many ways it supports members is the Resident Ambassadors Program. This year’s 16-member cohort kicked off on Mar. 15 with a virtual meet and greet. The resident ambassadors—appointed by their program director—will serve as liaisons between their program and MAFP.
MAFP announced its support of #ThisIsOurShot, a campaign to build trust in COVID vaccines. As the nation’s vaccine supply increases, raising awareness of accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines can help achieve herd immunity. This is when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely, thus protecting the entire community, even those who are not themselves immune.
This week the Michigan House Health Policy Committee heard testimony on several bills in a newly introduced bipartisan health care plan. While MAFP supports several of the bills in the 15-bill package, it opposes others that have the potential to erode continuity of care and physician oversight.
COVID-19 Relief Packages Invests in PPP
Congress passed a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 relief package on Dec. 21 that includes $284 billion to re-open the Paycheck Protection Program.
Staying up to date on the latest COVID-19 vaccine information can be a challenge. This makes AAFP's AAFP's and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' COVID-19 vaccine webpages valuable resources for family physicians.
Health Can't Wait Bill Stalls in House
The House adjourned for the session on Dec. 21, without taking a vote on Senate Bill 612. The new goal is to work with the opposition and sponsor to bring back the vital aspects of the prior authorization reform legislation and begin moving again in the new legislative term that starts in January.
As the current legislative session winds down, on the docket this week were several pieces of legislation critical to family physicians and their patients. Among them was Senate Bill 612, which calls for prior authorization reform, as well as expansion of scope of practice fo naturpaths, housing regulations for certification of emotional support animals, Michigan licensure of Canadian healthcare professionals, healthcare immunity, and COVID-19 supplemental funding.
MAFP Shares Prior Authorization Work at SLC
MAFP presented on administrative burden at AAFP's virtual State Legislative Conference, focusing on its prior authorization reform advocacy work.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, local health departments, and Academy continue to monitor an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other locations globally.