News & Announcements
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's Stay Home, Stay Safe order through May 15 by rescinding Executive Order 2020-42 and issuing Executive Order 2020-59. This, she said during a press conference, is phase one of the state's economic reingagement.
With members’ safety and attention to their patients top priorities of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Boards during this unprecedented time, the 2020 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo is cancelled. The 2020 MAFP Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Saturday, Aug. 8.
A $480 billion relief package is moving its way through Congress that includes additional funding to expand COVID-19 testing across the country; bolster hospitals' and providers' ability to care for patients; and provide financial assistance to small businesses, including private family medicine practices, by replenishing the Payment Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
Over the past week, MAFP Director of Government Relations Matt Black participated in calls with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), and presumptive incoming Democratic leader, Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Ann Arbor) as they discussed COVID-19, state budget priorities, and other issues impacing Michigan citizens and communities during the crisis.
Happy Volunteer Week
This National Volunteer Week has an ever deeper meaning than those of years past. Not only is April 19-25, 2020, a time to reflect on and appreciate the volunteerism of members on our Boards and committees, but also of those on the frontline and behind the scenes in the battle against COVID-19.
Second-year medical student members of MAFP, Adjoa Kusi-Appiah (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine) and Ashleigh Peoples (Wayne State University School of Medicine), have been selected by AAFP Foundation to participate in the 2020 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. This year-long program, now in its sixth year, focuses on developing family medicine leaders to bolster the primary care workforce pipeline.
Ensuring Safe Meetings for Members
MAFP Chief Executive Officer Karlene Ketola, MSA, CAE is among Michigan association leaders who have joined forces to ensure meetings post-stay at home measures are safe for their members. These leaders from the state’s health, tourism, hospitality, and trade association sectors are working collaboratively through the newly formed Safe Meetings in Michigan workgroup to develop guidelines, due out by May 30, for in-person meetings and educational events attended by 10 or more people.
MAFP respectfully asks that Michigan Medicaid submit a State Plan Amendment to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, requesting accelerated or periodic interim payments to physician practices in both fee-for-service and managed care arrangements. MAFP communicated that request via a letter sent to the director of Michigan Medicaid on April 17.
To adhere to Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe social distancing executive order, in-person meetings with legislative leaders that are customary this time of year to discuss state budget priorities are currently being held virtually. This week, MAFP Director of Government Relations, Matt Black, was invited to participate in a call with Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield. In addition to the state budget, discussion points included the Legislature's passage of a continuing resolution to extend Gov. Whitmer's state of emergency and state of disaster declaration for an additional 23 days, as well as differing opinions on reopening portions of Michigan's business sector.
Remembering Angelo Patsalis, MD, FAAFP
It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of long-time Academy member and past president of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (2008-2009) and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (2015-2016) Angelo Patsalis, MD, FAAFP (Livonia) due to complications from COVID-19.