News & Announcements
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.
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.
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.
We Treat Hep C Initiative
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.