News & Announcements
The Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on January 31. Please contact Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) to urge them to support this legislation that would reauthorize the highly successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education program for five years.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the 2019 child and adolescent immunization schedules—approved by AAFP—on February 5. Included are changes to recommendations for influenza, hepatitis A and B, and Tdap vaccines.
MAFP Leaders Attend Ten State Conference
MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN; President-elect Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA; and Director of Business Development & Operations Michael Macias attended the 2019 AAFP Ten State Conference hosted by New York Academy of Family Physicians in Orlando, February 1-3. This annual conference provides an opportunity for Family Medicine leaders from the Midwest, upper East Coast, and AAFP to network and learn from each other on issues impacting Family Medicine.
A report released on February 6 provides estimates of the potential impacts of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements that must be met for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries to maintain coverage. Key findings include that, each month, an estimated 174,000 people will be found noncompliant for failure to meet the reporting obligations of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements, and that 61,000-183,000 Healthy Michigan beneficiaries will lose coverage over a one-year period.
AAFP Foundation is accepting applications until March 1 from student and resident members of AAFP who are interested in participating in the 2019 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI)—a year-long program designed to cultivate leaders who will guide Family Medicine into the future.
Eligible clinicians passionate about helping patients recover from addiction are encouraged to apply to the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. HRSA is accepting applications through Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm ET.
As the U.S. Senate explores ways to lower healthcare costs, the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on February 5 on potential changes to primary care coverage. Among the ideas presented was incentivizing physicians to purchase generic drugs directly from wholesalers, similar to how direct primary care providers secure extremely low prescription prices for their patients.
One in three physician respondents to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association said prior authorization has led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients.
MAFP is proud to co-sponsor WKAR's live broadcast of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address on publication television and Radio 90.5, February 12, beginning at 7 pm.
Call for Advocacy ‘Key Contacts’
As advocacy efforts kick off for the 2019-2020 state legislative term, it is important that MAFP has a “key contact” list of members who are dedicated to advancing Family Medicine in Michigan through advocacy, and eager to assist in shaping policy and legislation and communicating with legislative leaders. Is there an issue you are passionate about and/or have expertise? Do you have a personal relationship with a state legislator? MAFP wants to hear from you!