News & Announcements
Under existing administrative rules, a physician (or other healthcare provider) must report to the state’s birth defects registry within 30 days of a diagnosis of certain medical conditions listed in the rule. The Office of Regulatory Reinvention approved a draft rule on May 24, which would add Zika to the list of reportable conditions. The proposed change would also add opioid use to reportable maternal causes of fetal morbidity.
Congratulations to the four medical students from Michigan who are among the winners selected for this year's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students poster presentation competition July 27-29, in Kansas City, Missouri.
A contingent of Michigan Family Physicians, residents and MAFP staff convened in Washington, DC, May 22-23, to attend AAFP's 2017 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (formerly known as the Family Medicine Congressional Conference). This annual event provides opportunities for Family Medicine advocates to enhance their advocacy skills, learn about issues pending in Congress that impact the specialty and delivery of care and meet with Members of Congress.
As a member of AAFP's Commission on Quality and Practice, Michigan Family Physician, MAFP Board Member and AAFP Vice Speaker Candidate Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland) had a significant hand in drafting AAFP's new policy on prior authorizations recently adopted by the Board of Directors.
Achieving Health Equity
As Family Physicians from Michigan and all across the country convene in Washington, DC, to meet with Congressional leaders to dicuss the issues that are impeding access to care, this Public News Service story on health equity is very timely.
The Board of Trustees of the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan—the philanthropic arm of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians—held its Annual Meeting on May 10, during which new officers and trustees were elected for 2017-2018.
As a partner in the Adult Immunization Multi-Stakeholder Initiative through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MAFP is engaged in multiple projects aimed at raising awareness among Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students about the importance of immunizing the adult population in our state, the barriers that exist and how to best communicate with patients about vaccines.
MAFP Advocacy Committee Chair, Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP (Montague) testified before the Senate Health Policy Committee on May 16 a package of bills that are part of a multi-pronged legislative approach to address the opioid crisis in Michigan.
To determine if you should participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, use the new 'Look Up' tool recently launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and watch for a participation status letter to arrive from CMS this month.
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee took up legislation on May 17 that would require physicians and other clinicians to, upon diagnosis of spina bifida, provide specified resources to patients.