News & Announcements
A COVID-19 message to the membership from MAFP President Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA.
This week, the Michigan Legislature approved a $125 million supplemental appropriations bill to help alleviate shortfalls the state is currently facing, or expecting to face soon, in its COVID-19 response: $50 million for hospital services, $40 million for virus monitoring/infection control, and $35 million for future costs.
Match Day 2020 Preliminary Analysis
The 2020 Match was historic on three fronts. It marked the first time all allopathic and osteopathic applicants participated in one residency matching program. It generated a historic number of applicants and positions. And, unfortunately, in-person celebrations were moved to virtual due to social distancing required by the COVID-19 response. Family medicine residency programs across the country offered 4,662 positions, 555 more than last year; 92.5% filled.
COVID-19: An Update from Your Academy
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share how your Academy is continuing to assist members while also protecting the health and safety of our staff and volunteer leaders.
A bill package was introduced in the Michigan Senate that calls for classifying vaping liquids as tobacco products. This would subject all vaping liquids to the same regulations, including clean air regulations, as other tobacco products. The bills would also amend the Youth Tobacco Act, modifying various provisions relating to vapor products to raise the age from 18 to 21.
State legislation that requires renters of housing who are seeking approval of an emotional support animal to obtain a physician recommendation moved through the House Judiciary Committee this week. MAFP has concerns with the bill, as currently written, due to possible HIPPA violations and the potential for opening the door to healthcare identity theft.
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee passed a five-bill package that aims to expand telemedicine services in Michigan. They allow for the use of "store and forward" monitoring of care; add telehealth to the mental health code, which would increase access behavior healthcare services for individuals in underserved communities; and require coverage of telemedicine services under the Healthy Michigan Plan, among other provisions.
Family Medicine Week 2020 in Michigan put the specialty in the spotlight and increased awareness that family physicians’ comprehensive primary and preventive care saves lives and money.
On behalf of family physicians across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2020 Friend of Family Medicine Award to Sen. Curt VanderWall during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day. In fall 2019, Sen. VanderWall introducted legislation that calls for reforming Michigan's prior authorization process to protect patients and reduce administration burden.
To highlight family physicians’ dedication to providing high quality, patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 23-29 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.