News & Announcements
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the 2019 child and adolescent immunization schedules—approved by AAFP—on February 5. Included are changes to recommendations for influenza, hepatitis A and B, and Tdap vaccines.
MAFP Leaders Attend Ten State Conference
MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN; President-elect Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA; and Director of Business Development & Operations Michael Macias attended the 2019 AAFP Ten State Conference hosted by New York Academy of Family Physicians in Orlando, February 1-3. This annual conference provides an opportunity for Family Medicine leaders from the Midwest, upper East Coast, and AAFP to network and learn from each other on issues impacting Family Medicine.
A report released on February 6 provides estimates of the potential impacts of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements that must be met for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries to maintain coverage. Key findings include that, each month, an estimated 174,000 people will be found noncompliant for failure to meet the reporting obligations of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements, and that 61,000-183,000 Healthy Michigan beneficiaries will lose coverage over a one-year period.
AAFP Foundation is accepting applications until March 1 from student and resident members of AAFP who are interested in participating in the 2019 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI)—a year-long program designed to cultivate leaders who will guide Family Medicine into the future.
Eligible clinicians passionate about helping patients recover from addiction are encouraged to apply to the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. HRSA is accepting applications through Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm ET.
As the U.S. Senate explores ways to lower healthcare costs, the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on February 5 on potential changes to primary care coverage. Among the ideas presented was incentivizing physicians to purchase generic drugs directly from wholesalers, similar to how direct primary care providers secure extremely low prescription prices for their patients.
One in three physician respondents to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association said prior authorization has led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients.
MAFP is proud to co-sponsor WKAR's live broadcast of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address on publication television and Radio 90.5, February 12, beginning at 7 pm.
Student-run clinics—such as CMU Street Medicine, University of Michigan’s Student-Run Free Clinic, Detroit Street Care, and an interprofessional health clinic borne out of a partnership between Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and University of Michigan Flint Department of Physical Therapy—are being recognized for meeting healthcare needs of underserved populations while also providing valuable hands-on clinical and practice management experience for medical students.
With the average medical school debt topping $200,000 in 2018, seeking ways to pay off student loans is top-of-mind for most new physicians and physicians-in-training. Fortunately, there are several state and federal loan repayment programs available to assist with debt reduction in return for helping to meet healthcare needs in medically underserved communities.