News & Announcements
MAFP President Brings Diverse Perspectives
Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP brings a wealth of experience to his role as 2020-2021 MAFP president. Through his current professional positions, which are many, he combines family medicine, emergency medicine, academic medicine, and public health. As he prepared for his presidential induction at the virtual MAFP Annual Meeting on Aug. 8, Michigan Family Physician had the opportunity to learn what inspires him, what he sees as the most pressing challenges facing the specialty, and his vision for the future of family medicine.
Thanks in part to two matching grants from AAFP Foundation, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan was able to grant externship awards to two students in summer 2020. Under the mentorship of seasoned family physicians, both students gained valuable insight into direct patient care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthened their commitment to family medicine.
August marks the start of a new service year for the MAFP Board of Directors, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Board of Trustees, and committees. All board and committee meetings and events hosted by MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan are being held virtually through Dec. 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAFP's initial summary of the proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule reports good news—the increase in total allowed charges for family physicians announced last year is still set to begin in 2021 and is now up from 12% to 13%. Family physicians are encouraged to start preparing now, using AAFP's resource package, to take full advantage of these significant changes to office/outpatient evaluation and management visit coding that take effect Jan. 1.
After a rarely held summer Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference on Aug. 24, financial experts within Gov. Whitmer’s administration and state fiscal agencies say the status of the state budget is not quite as dire as earlier projected. The new numbers are, however, still sharply lower than the pre-COVID figures from January.
Attendance at AAFP’s 2020 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 30-Aug. 1, drew a record-breaking attendance of nearly 2,300 students from across the country, despite the transition to a virtual format. Among those in attendance were Michigan’s resident and student delegates, who share their reflections of this year’s unprecedented conference experience.
A new collaboration between AAFP and Project N95 will help Academy members secure personal protective equipment—even in hard-to-find small quantities. Register by Aug. 31 at 4 pm ET and purchase by Sept. 3 at 4 pm take take advantage of this limited-time opportunity.
During MAFP’s Annual Meeting, live-streamed on Saturday, Aug. 8, the membership considered and voted on 12 resolutions. Eight of the resolutions were adopted via consent agenda, as they align with current MAFP or AAFP policy. The other four resolutions were discussed and voted on individually—one was adopted, one was not adopted, and two were referred to the MAFP Board of Directors for further review.
Via executive directive, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recognized racism as a public health crisis and put in place specific measures to mitigate its impact in Michigan.
New On-demand CME Webinars
To ensure members have access to timely and affordable continuing medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic, MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan are offering several new on-demand webinars on topics that were scheduled for presentation at the cancelled 2020 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo.