News & Announcements
The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has selected Nikhil Hemady, MD, FAAFP, director of the family medicine residency program at Pontiac General Hospital, as a 2022 recipient of its Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. This ACGME award recognizes program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs and served as exemplary role models for residents.
Now, if you are an American Board of Family Medicine Diplomate, you may claim your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan patient-centered medical home certification as Performance Improvement credit needed for Maintenance of Certification. Just upload your PCMH certification to the ABFM Performance Improvement website to receive 20 PI credits towards your Maintenance of Certification. This will satisfy your PI requirement for your three-year cycle.
Julie Ngo, a student in the class of 2023 at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has been appointed to serve a one-year term as student representative to the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board. This is one of several national leadership positions open to medical students and family medicine residents who are members of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
A federal bill to increase the number of Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) positions by 14,000 (half for primary care physicians, half for other specialists) over the next seven years is gaining Congressional support. The measure also would lift the cap on the number of GME slots at qualifying hospitals, giving preference to hospitals in several areas.
AAFP Board of Directors approved recommendations put forth by the Commission on Membership and Member Services and Commission on Continuing Professional Development, to eliminate the requirement that active members complete 25 live continuing medical education (CME) credits.
On Sept. 30, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury and the Office of Personnel Management issued an interim final rule with comment period to further implement the No Surprises Act – a consumer protection law that helps curb the practice of surprise medical billing. A stakeholder briefing on the interim rule is taking place on Oct. 4, 2 pm ET. AAFP expresses strong support for patient protections and calls for sharper focus on administrative simplification.
Per the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation, Pfizer (not J&J or Moderna) vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot if they are 65 years and older; 18+ who have underlying medical conditions; 18+ who work in high-risk settings (includes physicians and other healthcare professionals); and 18+ who live in high-risk settings.
2021 Year-end CME Events Offer 28 Credits
Need continuing medical education (CME) credits before the end of the year? Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ philanthropic arm) is hosting five live, virtual events this fall that are approved for a total of 15 credits. Plus, our virtual "Stay on Course" package of 12 on-demand webinars can earn you an additional 13 CME credits. That's a grand total of 28 credits before Dec. 31!
With just days remaining before the Oct. 1 start of Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the Michigan Legislature sent a $70 billion omnibus budget bill to Gov. Whitmer for funding the state government. Included are investments in MAFP advocacy priorities, such as the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program and MIDOCS—important healthcare workforce programs—Healthy Moms Healthy Babies, Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan, and others. Stay tuned as more budget work is to come, with nearly $7 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds not yet spent.
Michigan Postpones E-prescribing Mandate
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has revised the effective date for the state’s new electronic prescribing mandate—which requires prescribers to electronically submit all prescriptions to the patient’s chosen pharmacy—moving it from Oct. 1, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2022.