News & Announcements
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.
When Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Bill Schuette met for their first gubernatorial debate on October 12, the state's drinking water, Michigan's expanded Medicaid program, Healthy Michigan, and the Affordable Care Act were the healthcare issues they discussed.
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.
It was a busy three days in New Orleans for the Michigan delegation at AAFP’s Congress of Delegates—the Academy’s policymaking body—beginning with the Town Hall meeting on Sunday, October 7, through installation of John Cullen, MD at AAFP President and the election of AAFP’s other 2018-2019 leaders on Wednesday, October 10.
2018-2019 Influenza Resources
With the 2018-2019 flu season upon us, state and national efforts are underway to increase awareness of the importance of immunizing against influenza. Routine annual flu vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older who do not have contraindications, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending vaccination by the end of October.
MAFP Participating in Opioid Twitter Chat
MAFP is participating in a Twitter chat hosted by Michigan State Medical Society on Wednesday, October 24, 12-1 pm ET, to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic, share existing resources, as well as promote the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27, 2018. MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN is slated to serve as MAFP's "tweeter" for the chat. You're invited to join, too—be sure to use the hashtag #BeRxSafe.
The Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FMPAC) is THE voice for your specialty in Lansing, continuing to advance the policies and positions of MAFP and its Advocacy Committee.
Julie Blaszczak, MD, of University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency, and Melissa Jennings, MD, of Beaumont Health Family Medicine Residency-Wayne, were recognized with the prestigious AAFP Award for Excellence in Gradate Medical Education on October 11 during Family Medicine Experience, AAFP’s largest annual meeting.
The American Board of Family Medicine announced a pilot program to begin in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination.
To provide greater access and coordination of care for behavioral health and substance use disorder services, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed policy that, if approved, would require all providers to use a standard consent form (MDHHS-5515) when requesting release of information for behavioral health and/or substance use disorder related information.