News & Announcements
AAFP President Confers New AAFP Fellows
MAFP was honored that American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP (York, PA) attended the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo as a special guest and speaker. She also conferred the AAFP Degree of Fellow to six Michigan Family Physicians during the Annual Meeting on July 12.
From a wide variety of continuing medical education sessions approved for 20.5 AAFP Prescribed credits and a celebration of Family Medicine in Michigan, to valuable networking opportunities and fun activities outside of the classroom, the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo offered something for everyone as we are all “Navigating Change."
Effective July 1, 2016, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) has expanded the list of physicians who are eligible to receive reimbursement for performing a colonoscopy to include contracted HAP/Alliance Health and Life Insurance Company (Alliance) Family Physicians at a contracted HAP/Alliance facility.
In reinforcement of AAFP's comments to CMS regarding the proposed rule for implementing MACRA, MAFP also submitted comments to CMS touching on similar themes and questioning the broader implications for physicians in Michigan.
HICA Tax Passes Federal Judicial Scrutiny
On July 1, a U.S. Federal Appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that Michigan's Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) Tax—a broad-based tax on paid health claims—does not violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's pre-emption provisions.
Late in the afternoon of June 24, MAFP received news that AAFP issued its public comment on CMS' proposed rule for guiding implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The message: CMS needs to "step back and reconsider" its approach, which is "overly complex and burdensome" for all physicians.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is accepting Intent to Participate applications from providers/practices who are potentially eligible to participate in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, a Michigan Primary Care Transformation (MiPCT) partnership with the State Innovation Model. The deadline to submit an Intent to Participate is June 30.
Michigan is facing a prescription drug and opioid abuse crisis, with thousands of overdose deaths reported in the state in recent years. In response to the epidemic and to augment the work done by the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, Governor Rick Snyder announced on June 23 that he is taking additional steps by establishing the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.
A second-year Family Medicine resident at the University of Michigan, Yujing Lin, MD, invites primary care physicians who have completed residency training to participate in an important survey-based, cross-sectional research study evaluating primary care physicians’ understanding and referral rates of CBT for select chronic pain syndromes.