News & Announcements
In response to Beaumont Health System's announcement that it will be opening 30 urgent care enters in the Detroit area by the end of 2019, MAFP Board Member Chris Bush, MD, FAAFP (Riverview) voiced his opinion by submitting an editorial to Crain's Detroit Business that focuses on the "far-reaching" implications for patients and physicians.
As 2018 comes to a close, please consider being among the 70 individuals to donate $70 or more to Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, MAFP's philanthropic arm. Your tax-deductible donation will impact the Foundation's ability to support residents throughout their training, provide medical students with opportunities to explore the unique qualities of the specialty, and offer quality, relevant CME for practicing physicians. It is through this work that FMFM and donors like you are impacting the future of Family Medicine and health of Michigan.
American Board of Family Medicine’s Certification Longitudinal Assessment Pilot has been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties as an alternative to the one-day examination.
Farhan Bhatti, MD is dedicated to providing care for underinsured and uninsured indivudals in the Lansing area through the nonprofit Care Free Medical, while also pursuing a career in politics. "Working in primary care allows me to improve the health and well-being of individuals, one at a time. Through political involvement, physicians can improve the health and well-being of many individuals at once. Whether or not you seek elected office, civic engagement is an important—and often neglected—part of being a physician," he said.
On October 30, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women who are asymptomatic. AAFP News talked with Michigan Family Physician Paul Lazar, MD, who experienced the Flint water crisis first-hand, to get his perspective on the draft recommendation.
To gain a better understanding of how the opioid epidemic is impacting Michigan residents, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed emergency rules into effect on October 26 that require health professionals and facilities to report overdoses, including deaths, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Michigan’s 2018 Election
Over 4.3 million Michigan residents cast their ballots in the mid-term election on November 6. While Democrats picked up seats across the state, with former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer leading the charge by prevailing in her bid to become the next Governor, both the Michigan House and Senate will remain under Republican control for the upcoming legislative session.
2018 Michigan Ballot Proposals
On Tuesday, November 6, voters in Michigan will have the opportunity to weigh in on three ballot initiatives. Proposal 1 aims to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Proposal 2 would create an independent redistricting commission for drawing legislative districts in Michigan. Proposal 3 seeks to increase voter turnout by reducing barriers to registering to vote and voting.
This month’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes an article by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. AAFP issued a response to the article, highlighting that Family Physicians' education and training prepare them for providing high-quality obstetrical and maternity care "in any community, including those in rural settings."
Congratulations to the 20 applicants who were selected to participate in MAFP's 2018 Advocacy and Leadership Development Program, which will take place in Downtown Lansing on Friday, December 7.