News & Announcements
During a Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee hearing on May 26, MAFP Chair Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP testified in strong opposition to legislation that would, among other things, allow for the licensure of naturopathic providers and classify them as physicians
Proposed state budgets have now passed both the Michigan House and Senate, teeing up a soon-to-be appointed conference committee’s work of coming to agreement on points of difference. Of particular importance to MAFP are line items for funding MIDOCs, the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, and increased Medicaid reimbursement rates. The latter is something MAFP has been advocating for quite some time and is included in Senate's proposal,
AAFP's 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) was a busy and productive 2-plus days for the five delegates who represented MAFP. Among the highlights was the passage of four resolutions (ideas for change) proposed by the Michigan delegation and the election of Delicia Pruitt, MD, FAAFP to two national leadership positions.
As of May 1, 2022, State of Michigan Medicaid policy aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated policy that lowers the blood lead reference value for clinical management and public health response for chldren with lead exposure. Healthcare professionals should provide follow-up testing and other recommended actions for children with BLL ≥ 3.5 µg/dL.
As is customary this time each year, the state budget-building season in the Michigan Legislature is in full swing. Following the release of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2023 executive budget recommendation in February, appropriations work is underway in the House and Senate. A major highlight in the Senate Appropriation Committee’s proposal is $15 million in general funds to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for certain primary care services. This is a top MAFP state budget priority for which members strongly advocated during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day on March 23.
SEMAFP Elects Board Members
The Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians recently held elections to fill four open board positions. Newly joining the nine-member Board is Srikala Yedavally-Yellayi, DO, FAAFP. SEMAFP Officers E. Chris Bush, MD, FAAFP and Cindy Hung, MD, FAAFP and President Pierre Morris, MD were re-elected to their positions.
Long-time member of AAFP and MAFP, Roy J. Gerard, MD, passed away on April 17 at the age of 97. Among Dr. Gerard’s many accomplishments were serving as founding chair of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, establishing one of the oldest family medicine residency programs in Michigan and the country, and authoring the book, The Conscience of Medicine: A History of Family Practice in Michigan, to preserve the history of family medicine in Michigan.
As the war in Ukraine continues, MAFP is collecting basic medical supplies for the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren, which will then ship supplies to Ukraine. Drop-off times at MAFP (2164 Commons Parkway, Okemos) are 1-4 pm on April 24, May 4, May 11, and May 18.
Thirty of Michigan’s 38 family medicine residency programs are recognized for achieving 100% resident membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians / Michigan Academy of Family Physicians for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, a local chapter of MAFP, was a diamond sponsor of the 8th annual charity event “Bollywood Bash” at Canton Village Theater on March 20. One-hundred percent of the sponsorship and donation proceeds from the event were contributed to Sanctum House, a non-profit organization based in Oakland County that provides a sanctuary for female survivors of human trafficking.