News & Announcements
Family medicine practices are being recruited for a new study conducted by the State Network of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners and the AAFP National Research Network comparing office-based, home induction, and observed telehealth methods for medication assisted treatment (MAT) in patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
CMS Withdraws MFAR Proposed Rule
On September 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services withdrew its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule, which would have implemented several measures to increase federal oversight of how states fund their Medicaid programs. These measures could have potentially led to billions of dollars of cuts to state Medicaid agencies in the middle of a pandemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is working to create a permanent public health rule that would end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the state. This process includes a public comment period and Michigan health officials want to hear from you! Show your support by signing the Keep Kids Tobacco Free Alliance's petition—your comments will be shared with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Department of Labor posted revisions to regulations governing workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the emergency paid sick leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Most notable for healthcare employers is the new, narrower definition of "healthcare provider," for purposes of exempting businesses from complying with paid leave provisions under the Act.
A package of bills currently before the House Tax Policy Committee would exempt eligible employers, including physician practices, from paying state sales tax for certain personal protective equipment and supplies. Through a substitute adopted by the committee, the exemptions would be retroactive and apply beginning March 10, 2020—the date Michigan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency went into effect—through December 31, 2021.
Christal Clemens, a fourth-year student at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, was appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors as the student member to the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board. She will serve a one-year term beginning Oct. 1. Annals of Family Medicine is AAFP’s peer-reviewed clinical research journal dedicated to advancing knowledge essential to understanding and improving health and primary care.
With no travel required to attend this year’s virtual meeting of the Congress of Delegates—AAFP’s policy-making body—it is easier than ever for members to participate and make their voice heard on key issues impacting family medicine and the election of AAFP officers and members of the Board of Directors. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by Sept. 25, and access to materials is password-protected.
At the request of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is supporting a new statewide public education campaign called “Spread Hope, Not COVID.” The goal of the campaign is to unite all Michiganders to take three simple actions that will contain the spread of the virus at levels that will enable the state to fully reopen—and stay open.
AAFP has reviewed and agrees with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendations for the 2020-2021 influenza season, which—among other things—call for all patients 6 months and older who have no contraindications to be appropriately immunized. The report also provides guidance on administering the influenza vaccine to individuals with COVID-19
MAFP President Brings Diverse Perspectives
Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP brings a wealth of experience to his role as 2020-2021 MAFP president. Through his current professional positions, which are many, he combines family medicine, emergency medicine, academic medicine, and public health. As he prepared for his presidential induction at the virtual MAFP Annual Meeting on Aug. 8, Michigan Family Physician had the opportunity to learn what inspires him, what he sees as the most pressing challenges facing the specialty, and his vision for the future of family medicine.