News & Announcements
MAFP's 2019 Advocacy Priorities
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians' advocacy agenda supports public policies and legislation that underlie the Academy’s strategic vision—to ensure all Michigan residents have access to quality, affordable healthcare within a Family Physician-led medical home. Focus issues for 2019 are organized in five categories: increasing access to care for all, reducing administative burden, investing in the primary care workforce, reforming the payment and delivery system, and preserving public health and safety.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is accepting Michigan State Loan Repayment Program applications, February 4-8, from eligible healthcare professionals, including Family Physicians. Since the program was established in 1991, 1,000-plus healthcare professionals have received loan repayment assistance while helping to meet medical, dental, and mental healthcare needs in underserved communities.
Number of DOs on the Rise
A newly released report shows that the number of osteopathic physicians has tripled since 1990, the profession is trending younger, more women are entering the field, and more than half of all DOs are practicing primary care specialties, including Family Medicine.
Are you a resident or student member of MAFP with a desire to influence AAFP policies, programs, and services? If so, you are encouraged to apply to serve as a Michigan Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 25-27, in Kansas City, Missouri.
In its continued effort to combat Michigan’s opioid epidemic, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently modified the Pharmacy Controlled Substance rules. Three significant changes went into effect on January 4. Most significant of those is identification of five exceptions to the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship requirement. The revised rules also categorize gabapentin as a Schedule 5 drug and require all controlled substance licensees and their delegates to complete a one-time training in opioids and controlled substances awareness.
Before finishing his term of office, former Governor Rick Snyder considered hundreds of bills during the final days of lame duck. Some he signed into law, including those surrounding maintenance of certification, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and HIV testing and disclosure. Others he vetoed, including a bill that called for banning medical abortions through telemedicine. Others, such as a bill that would have licensed naturopathic providers, saw no movement and died at the close of the 2017-2018 session.
State legislators met in Lansing at noon on Wednesday, January 9, to begin Michigan’s 100th legislative session. In what was mostly ceremonial and procedural, Senate and House leaders outlined their priorities and set forth rules for their respective chamber.
While it is difficult to say “goodbye” to many good friends and colleagues, please be advised that my last day at MAFP Headquarters will be Friday, January 18. I am relocating to Dallas to serve as the President & CEO of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, an international association focused on saving lives around the globe.
Applications are being accepted through February 21 at 7:30 pm from eligible physicians for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program.
MAFP, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan, and Family Medicine Political Action Committee engagement and leadership opportunities await you in 2019! Whether you are a Family Physician, Family Medicine resident, or medical student member of MAFP, there's a place for you. Applications and nominations are being accepted.