News & Announcements
A bill package was introduced in the Michigan Senate that calls for classifying vaping liquids as tobacco products. This would subject all vaping liquids to the same regulations, including clean air regulations, as other tobacco products. The bills would also amend the Youth Tobacco Act, modifying various provisions relating to vapor products to raise the age from 18 to 21.
State legislation that requires renters of housing who are seeking approval of an emotional support animal to obtain a physician recommendation moved through the House Judiciary Committee this week. MAFP has concerns with the bill, as currently written, due to possible HIPPA violations and the potential for opening the door to healthcare identity theft.
The Michigan House Health Policy Committee passed a five-bill package that aims to expand telemedicine services in Michigan. They allow for the use of "store and forward" monitoring of care; add telehealth to the mental health code, which would increase access behavior healthcare services for individuals in underserved communities; and require coverage of telemedicine services under the Healthy Michigan Plan, among other provisions.
Family Medicine Week 2020 in Michigan put the specialty in the spotlight and increased awareness that family physicians’ comprehensive primary and preventive care saves lives and money.
On behalf of family physicians across the state, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2020 Friend of Family Medicine Award to Sen. Curt VanderWall during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day. In fall 2019, Sen. VanderWall introducted legislation that calls for reforming Michigan's prior authorization process to protect patients and reduce administration burden.
To highlight family physicians’ dedication to providing high quality, patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 23-29 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Safe Sleep for Infants
The National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health has developed Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images that you can use to ensure all of your resources have images that model breastfeeding-friendly, safe infant sleep practices.
In response to President Trump's healthcare remarks during his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, AAFP thanked him for acknowledging the high cost of prescription drugs and the importance of Americans having affordable, innovative, high-quality healthcare. AAFP's statement also pointed out that healthcare coverage doesn't help, however, if individuals can't afford medications and treatments, and affirmed its commitment to ensuring that all patients have to needed care and affordable coverage.
Gov. Whitmer's Fiscal Year 2021 state budget proposal, presented before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Feb. 6, includes investments in addressing the opioid crisis, building a social determinants of health infrastructure, and developing a new Healthy Moms, Healthy babies program aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality, among other healthcare initiatives. It also proposes one-time, five-year funding for 48 residency positions MIDOCS.
Over the past year, security breaches in the U.S. increased 11%, with 91% being the result of phishing. Nearly four out of ﬁve breaches involved a healthcare professional or organization, affecting one in every 10 healthcare consumer. Whether your practice is big or small, or you are independent or employed by a large hospital or academic system, you are equally at risk for a cyberattack. Knowing what a cyberattack looks like, how to prevent it, and what to do if you are a victim is critical.