News & Announcements
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.
Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan has appointed two resident members of MAFP and two student members of MAFP to represent our state chapter at their respective congress during AAFP's National Conerence, July 25-27, in Kansas City, MO.
On May 30, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law bi-partisan auto no-fault reform legislation designed to lower insurance rates for Michigan drivers, protect insurance coverage options, and strengthen consumer protections.
Effective May 6, family physicians are required to register with MiPLUS—the state's new online licensing and regulatory database application for health and occupational professionals in Michigan—to either apply for a new license or renew their current license.
Fight for Family Medicine
On May 20-21, family physicians from across the country convened in Washington, DC, for AAFP’s 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS). Michigan’s delegation, which included nine family physicians who took time away from their practices to advocate for their specialty, as well as several MAFP staff members, participated in conference-style educational and skill-building sessions and then visited Members of Congress to advocate for investments in primary care, teaching health centers, and graduate medical education.
New Physicians are In Demand
According to a 2019 survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, primary care residents in their final year of training reported being inundated with recruiting offers. Two-thirds (66%) of survey respondents said they received 51 or more recruiting offers, while 45% received more than 100. Ninety-one percent of residents said they would prefer to be employed by a hospital, medical group, or other facility than to be in independent private practice.
One in every four (26%) Americans living in a rural community said they have had problems accessing healthcare, according to a new poll conducted January 31-March 2 by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Life in Rural American Part II, released this month, reports that “when it comes to healthcare, even though most rural Americans have health insurance, about one-quarter say they lack adequate healthcare access, as they have not been able to get healthcare they needed at some point in the past few years. Hospital closures are also problematic for some rural Americans, as almost one in 10 say hospitals in their local community have closed down in the past few years.”
Tiffani Strickland, MD, a 2019 Wayne State University School of Medicine graduate, has been selected to receive one of 12 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI) 2018 Leadership Project Awards from AAFP Foundation. She was invited to showcase her award-winning project, Mental Health First Aid Training for Medical Students and its Impact on Homeless Individuals’ Access to Mental Health Services, at AAFP’s National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, July 25-27.
Compared to other U.S. states, Michigan’s healthcare ranks 24th, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report analysis of outcomes for citizens. Combined with more than 70 other factors, such as education, economy, and infrastructure, Michigan ranks as the 33rd best state in which to live. Healthcare was weighted most heavily (16%) in determining this ranking, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Access to care, healthcare quality, and the health of the public factored into the ranking.