News & Announcements
MAFP Leaders Active at SLC
MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN and Advocacy Chair Glenn Dregansky, DO, FAAFP took active roles when they attended AAFP’s State Legislative Conference in Fort Lauderdale, October 25-27, sharing and gathering advocacy best practices with colleagues from chapters across the United States.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is deeply saddened by the senseless shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that claimed the lives of 11 people, including Family Physician Jerry Rabinowitz, MD of Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all who are affected by this tragedy.
In the final debate before the November 6 election, gubernatorial candidates Senator Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Bill Schuette touched briefly on Michigan's mental health services.
MAFP's Vaccine Buying Group partner, Atlantic Health Partners, announced the addition of Dynavax’s Heplisav-B vaccine to their comprehensive portfolio of immunizations. Heplisav-B is the only 2 dose series adult Hepatitis B vaccine approved for patients 18 and older, and provides higher levels of immunity than other adult Hepatitis B vaccines.
President Trump signed bipartisan legislation this week, which Congress passed earlier this month, aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic. The 660-page Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act attempts to combat the epidemic from many angles.
MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD took to the Twitter airwaves via @MiFamilyDocs on October 24 to join a conversation hosted by Michigan State Medical Society about the opioid crisis in Michigan.
Year-end Tax Planning
With the majority of the Tax Cuts and Job Act that President Trump signed into law on December 22, 2017, going into effect for the 2018 fiscal year, there are some year-end plans you may wish to make or consider. (The following is not tax advice nor should it be considered as such.)
Giving back is deeply rooted in Dr. Hend Azhary's passion for Family Medicine and her driving force for joining the Syrian American Medical Society. She coordinated the non-profit organization's largest medical mission in July 2018, convening nearly 100 medical providers from 14 different countries to care for refugees along the Syrian/Jordanian border. For her work, Dr. Azhary was named the 2018 Syrian American Medical Society's Hero of the Year.
Crain’s Detroit Business held its 10th annual Health Care Leadership Summit on October 15, focused this year on the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare services in Michigan. Discussion throughout the day centered on the state's Section 298 initiative and the three pilot sites that are scheduled for implementation on October 1, 2019.
MAFP Past President (1976-1977) George Dean, MD, FAAFP was honored by Wayne State University School of Medicine with its 2018 Trailblazer Award for his many contributions to the Family Medicine specialty.