News & Announcements
Meningitis B is a Killer but Preventable
MAFP Board Member and Family Physician Christopher Bush, MD, FAAFP (Riverview) stood with Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Director and Health Officer of the Wayne County Health, Veterans, and Community Wellness Department, and Alicia Stillman, the mother of a Kalamazoo College sophomore who lost her life to Meningitis B, at a press conference in Detroit on May 10 to urge high school students to protect themselves against the deadly, vaccine-preventable disease most often spread on college campuses and in communal settings.
At Michigan's Revenue Estimating Conference held May 17, state economists forecasted lower General Fund revenues but higher School Aid revenues, creating a quandary for appropriators who were budgeting for a possible tax cut or debt relief. The next step in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process is for conferees to be appointed to reconcile differences between the two chambers' measures.
Each year, the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan selects two residents and two students to serve as Michigan delegates at the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents (NCFMR) and National Congress of Student Members (NCSM), respectively.
After approving their respective budgets on the floor, the Michigan House and Senate moved one step closer this week to finalizing the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget. The next step is for the two chambers to reconcile, in conference, the differences between their budgets. At this time, a June deadline for completion of the budget process remains within reach.
As the Trump administration reviews potential updates to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Seema Verma, MPH on April 26, urging the agency to meaningfully improve and simplify implementation of the law.
Pick Your Pace: Scoring Quality and Cost
American Academy of Family Physicians has a variety of resources available to help Family Physicians prepare for the the shift to value-based payment under MACRA, particularly regarding participation in the Quality Payment Program's Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 217-213, passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that seeks to repeal aspects of the Affordable Care Act and includes replacement provisions long-sought after by Republicans.
A full delegation represented MAFP at the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2017 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, April 27-29, during which three Michigan Family Physicians were elected to national leadership positions.
The Michigan Legislature continued work this week on the state's Fiscal Year 2018 budget, with the Senate and House Appropriations Committees reporting out budget measures.
AHCA May See Revival Soon
Continued efforts by Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to revive the American Health Care Act overcame a significant hurdle when the conservative faction of the caucus signed on to a new version of the bill on April 26. Please take action today to raise your voice to protect patients' access to care.