News & Announcements
On April 12, state legislation was introduced in the Michigan Senate that, if passed, would authorize an average income tax credit of $1,000 for community-based primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide uncompensated training per each 250-hour medical student clinical rotation. This bi-partisan bill package is one stategy for increasing the number of primary care physicians in our state, by enlisting more community-based preceptors to train more medical students within their practices.
After nearly five years of diligent advocacy by physicians and other healthcare professionals, patients, and the Health Can’t Wait coalition, of which MAFP is a founding member, and three years of legislation being before the Michigan House and Senate, prior authorization reform legislation (Senate Bill 247) has been signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer following overwhelming, bi-partisan passage by the Michigan Legislature.
The 2022 Family Medicine Week and Advocacy Day were successful in shining the spotlight on the family medicine specialty. Coverage of our statewide media roundtable discussion on the need for more family physicians reached more than 9 million viewers/listeners, with an advertising equivalency of $92,000 in earned media. Plus, there was a flurry of activity on social media, and more than 150 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students met with state legislators to advocate for their patients, communities, practices, and profession.
Today, while family medicine advocates were in downtown Lansing meeting with state legislators during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day, the Michigan House passed Senate Bill 247. The Health Can't Wait coalition, of which MAFP is a founding member, has been working for three years to pass this important prior authorization reform bill that ensures patients will now have timely access to care and medications, when they need them.
More state investment is needed to end Michigan’s growing physician shortage to ensure all residents have access to affordable, comprehensive primary healthcare where they live, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) announced today, kicking of Family Medicine Week in Michigan (March 20-26).
At noon today, more than 39,000 seniors and graduating students at domestic and international medical schools learned where they are headed for U.S. medical residency training in July. Of those, approximately 245 will be starting their intern year at one of Michigan’s 39 family medicine residency programs.
SB 247 Passes House Committee
After being stalled in the Michigan House Health Policy Committee since April 2021, Senate Bill 247 passed out of committee on March 17 by a unanimous vote. This sets up a House vote for as early as next week, which could possibly coincide with Michigan Family Medicine Week (March 20-26) and Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day (March 23). Please contact your Michigan Representative TODAY to urge a “yes” vote when SB 247 is taken up by the full House.
Memories of The Match
Today kicks off the 2022 Match Week, when thousands of medical students across the country learn if they are progressing onto the next journey of medical training as resident physicians. Then, on March 18, those who matched to a residency program will find out where they will be training over the next three or more years. MAFP checked in with several members about why they chose the family medicine specialty and their favorite Match memories, whether one year or decades ago.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed MAFP Board Chair Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP to the Michigan Board of Medicine, representing physicians. His four-year term, which was subject to the consent of the Michigan Senate, began Jan. 1.
On behalf of the MAFP membership and the Health Can't Wait coalition, Jessica Heselschwerdt, MD, testified before the Michigan House Health Policy Committee in support of prior authorization reform legislation (Senate Bill 247). Supported by several of her real-world patient examples, Dr. Heselschwerdt explained that the current cumbersome prior authorization process is most detrimental to the health of patients and needs "consistency, transparency, and common-sense guardrails" called for by SB 247.