News & Announcements
This fall, MAFP is proud to support one of our own medical student members in launching a nationwide contest among medical schools to collect travel sized toiletries to benefit a homeless shelter of their choice in their local community.
On Setpember 20, the House Health Policy Committee unanimously approved legislation that would establish a clearer statutory framework in the Michigan Public Health Code for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
During the last full week that the Michigan legislature is likely convene prior to the November 8 election, the House and Senate Health Policy Committees considered various bills that are likely to garner further consideration after the election, including legislation around the exchange of protected health information, the definition of telehealth, the delegation and supervision of physician assistants, changes to Kevin's Law, and the licensing of dental therapists.
During the closing session of the 69th AAFP Congress of Delegates on September 21, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians proudly announced the candidacy of Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland) for 2017 AAFP Vice-Speaker.
Just prior to adjourning on September 21 for the election season, the Michigan House approved a bill package that would repeal and replace the existing Health Insurance Claims Assessment, a tax on insurance claims that has been much bemoaned by the business and insurance communities since its inception in 2012.
Michigan’s national Delegates and Alternate Delegates, along with members of the MAFP leadership and staff, attended the 69th AAFP Congress of Delegates in Orlando, Florida, September 18-21, where Academy policy was debated, and new directors and officers were elected and installed.
During the week of September 12—one of just several weeks that the Michigan legislature is in session before breaking for the campaign season—action took place around infant safe sleep, opioid antagonist, and HIPAA mental health parity legislation.
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 13 to provide patients more flexibility in their healthcare options by giving them greater access to primary care physicians through the Direct Primary Care model.
Primary care services in Flint will be strengthened as the result of a recently-announced federal Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation that makes the area eligible for primary care workforce recruitment and retention programs.
Last week, CMS announced it will provide eligible physicians and other healthcare providers four options, with differing pace and timelines, to comply with MACRA/Quality Payment Program requirements. News of the flexibility has been met with cheers from AAFP, MAFP and other healthcare organizations across the country.