News & Announcements

AAFP Degree of Fellow Conferred at MAFP Annual Meeting
07/24/2021

During the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting, held virtually on Saturday, July 24, American Academy of Family Physicians Chair Dr. Gary LeRoy conferred the AAFP Degree of Fellow to 11 family physicians. The AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and in their communities, by their service to family medicine, the advancement of healthcare to the American people, and their professional development through medical education and research.

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Michigan Family Physicians and Principals Urge Families to Get Kids Updated on Vaccines Before School Starts
07/20/2021

Now is the time to get kids up to date on routine vaccinations before in-person school starts again, Michigan family physicians and school principals urged families today. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians has teamed up with the Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association to stress the urgency of getting children and teens immunized to avoid the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in the classroom.

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Decreased Blood Lead Level Testing in Children During COVID-19
06/28/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing that many children have missed recommended blood lead level testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to May 2019, the number of Michigan children tested for elevated blood lead levels decreased by 83% as of May 2020.

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We Treat Hep C Initiative
06/25/2021

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently launched the We Treat Hep C Initiative aimed at eliminating hepatitis C and improving access to hepatitis C treatment among Michigan Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries. As part of the Initiative, Michigan Medicaid removed the prescriber requirement, resulting in all healthcare professionals with prescriptive authority gaining eligibility to prescribe hepatitis C treatment.

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MAFP Priorities Funded in FY 2021-22 House Budget Proposal
06/25/2021

As the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 state budget finalization deadline of July 1 nears, the Michigan House of Representatives passed its budget proposal this week. Included is funding for several MAFP priorities, such as MIDOCs, the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, and the Healthy Michigan Plan. Also included is funding for expanding the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program from 6 months of postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers and their babies to 1 year. The Senate has yet to pass its budget proposal.

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Family Physicians Achieve 50+ Years of Academy Membership
06/23/2021

Congratulations to the 62 family physicians who have achieved 50 or more years of membership in American Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

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Call to Action: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-sponsor and Support Medicaid-Medicare Parity Bill
06/11/2021

The Kids Access to Primary Care Act (H.R. 1025) is a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help address Medicare- Medicaid payment disparities and the access-to-care barriers they create. The bill, among other provisions, calls for uplifting reimbursement for Medicaid primary care services to the Medicare payment rate floor. Primary care physicians are encouraged to contact their U.S. Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor the Kids Access to Primary Care Act, and to support the bill when it comes up for a vote.

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Options for Meeting ABFM Certification Requirements
06/10/2021

If you are an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) diplomate needing to complete your stage requirements by Dec. 31, 2021, you are encouraged to start taking action now rather than waiting until the last minute. ABFM's Continuous Certification Process is divided into continous 3-year stages. Within each stage, there are minimum requirements for Performance Improvement and Knowledge Self-assessment activities, as well as total points and CME credits. This article offers options for diplomates to consider, including attending upcoming Knowledge Self-Assessment virtual sessions offered by Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan in September and December.

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Alert: Implicit Bias Training Requirement Announced for Medical Licensure and Renewal
06/02/2021

On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced the adoption of new administrative rules that, effective June 1, 2022, require implicit bias training for medical licensure and renewal in Michigan.

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Updated COVID-19 Workplace Rules and New Mask and Gathering Requirements Impact Physician Offices
05/28/2021

Effective June 1 are updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 emergency rules for workplaces that impact physician offices and other healthcare facilities and employers. These updates were announced this week alongside the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that takes effect June 1 through July 1, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated recommendations.

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