News & Announcements
Before finishing his term of office, Governor Snyder signed a two-bill package into law that prohibits specialty certification as a requirement for medical licensure and prevents insurers from withholding reimbursement based solely on specialty board certification.
The second cohort of MAFP’s Advocacy and Leadership Development Program convened in downtown Lansing on Friday, December 7, to gather tools and tips for effective advocacy. The program, supported by a grant from AAFP Foundation through the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consotirum, is part of MAFP's strategic goal of expanding the Academy's grassroots advocacy efforts.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan recently received notice of two grant awards from the AAFP Foundation through the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium. The $2,500 grants supported the 2018 Michigan Future of Family Medicine Conference and 2018 Advocacy and Leadership Development Program—events aimed at inspiring students to choose Family Medicine as their specialty and increasing the number and effectiveness of Family Medicine advocates in Michigan.
In the final days of Michigan's 2018 Lame Duck session, which shaped up to be one of the busiest in recent history, the Senate gave final approval to several bills impacting Family Physicians, sending them to Governor Snyder for his signature. Senate Bill 1198 permanently bans prescribing medical abortions through telemedicine. House Bills 4066 and 4067 create an interstate medical licensure compact that would allow physicians to be licensed in multiple states.House Bills 6016-6023 update current laws governing sentencing of individuals who fail to disclose to their partners that they have HIV before engaging in sexual intercourse.
As the war wages against the opioid crisis, new partnerships, resources, and initiatives continue to be developed in efforts to move the needle. Among them are the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Consortium, which connects Family Physicians with local treatment, prevention, and recovery consultants to assist in addressing chronic pain, opioid use disorders, and/or the delivery of medication-assisted treatment; free Academic Detailing services provided to Family Physicians through the Michigan Center for Rural Health; and new interactive online opioid trainings recently launched by the CDC.
Federal Judge Rules ACA Unconstitutional
On December 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional based on Congress’ repeal of the individual mandate in 2017. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assured that the ruling “is not an injunction that halts the enforcement of the law and not a final judgment,” it raises uncertainty of the ACA’s future and its many protections for millions of people across the country.
On December 18, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed a two-bill package that exempts Family Physicians from maintenance of certification requirements. The bills now await Governor Snyder's signature before they become law.
Are you a Family Medicine resident in your last year or two of residency with unpaid loans? You may qualify for the new state-funded Michigan Loan Reimbursement and Employment Solution (MiLES) program. Applications are being accepted January 2-February 28, 2019.
MAFP is participating in a Twitter chat hosted by Michigan State Medical Society on Tuesday, December 11, 12-1 pm ET, to educate and encourage Michiganders to write their lawmakers on the value of Michigan's Auto No-Fault System. The system continues to be the center of ongoing debate and is likely to be a legislative focus during Lame Duck. MAFP's Advocacy Committee Chair, Glenn Dergansky, DO, FAAFP, will represent MAFP by tweeting from @MIFamilyDocs. You're invited to join, too--just follow and use the hashtag #NoFaultSavesLives.
For dates of service on or after January 1, 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will prohibit contracted Medicaid Health Plans and Dental Health Plans from making payments to typical providers not actively enrolled in Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS)— the state’s online Medicaid enrollment and billing system.