News & Announcements
A behavioral health team from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services developed a statewide crisis counseling program, Stay Well, to provide emotional support for physicians and other front-line workers and individuals heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite being held virtually, this year’s Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day on Mar. 23 proved effective at joining nearly 70 advocates and state legislators to talk about issues impacting patients, the primary care workforce, and the practice of family medicine.
Senate Bill 247 is the re-introduction of prior authorization reform legislation similar to SB 612 that passed the Michigan Senate last term. While this new legislation is significantly better than the previous SB 612, there is still advocacy work to be done to ensure this legislation will improve outcomes for patients while reducing the prior authorization red tape physicians are forced to navigate.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) PRIME Registry™ is an approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) that supports practices participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Primary Care First (PCF) payment model.
Thirty-two of Michigan’s 38 family medicine residency programs are among 625 nationwide being recognized for achieving 100% resident membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians for the 2020-2021 academic year.
March 19 was the culmination of the year-long 2021 virtual Match process for medical school seniors and graduates, which earned the title of the largest National Resident Matching Program Main Residency Match ever. The family medicine specialty also achieved record highs in this year's Match.
Michigan’s family physicians today urged the state to include primary care physicians in the COVID vaccination process before public vaccine eligibility begins on April 5. Boosting capacity by including family physicians in COVID-19 vaccine allocation, when supply is available, will help the state reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of the population sooner. Including primary care physicians in vaccine efforts also will help the state move toward achieving herd immunity.
Accurate and timely documentation of COVID-19 vaccine is imperative. It is important to assess the immunization status of all patients at every visit. If a patient states that they received a COVID-19 vaccine, ask to see their COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card. If a COVID-19 vaccine dose and type can be verified for the date the vaccine was administered, then the dose can be entered into MCIR as a historical dose. If documentation to verify receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine dose is not readily available, you will need to take additional steps to confirm receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine before you can enter the dose into MCIR.