News & Announcements
Following a four-day trip to Washington, DC, Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement about his conversations around potential healthcare reform, including imminent ACA replacement legislation and the successes of Healthy Michigan.
The MAFP Board of Directors recently appointed five delegates to represent MAFP at the 2017 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri, where they will strengthen their skills to advocate for issues relevant to their respective special constituencies, as well as their practice, patients, and specialty.
On February 21, over 100 – the highest number in the event’s history – Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students convened in the state's Capital City for the 2017 Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day hosted by MAFP in partnership with the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Advocacy Day, which takes place in February each year, provides opportunities for advocates to talk with legislators and their staff about the value of the specialty and its role in improving health outcomes, providing access to quality care, and reducing healthcare costs.
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2017 Friend of Family Medicine Award to outgoing State Budget Director John Roberts during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day on February 21.
MAFP's philanthropic arm now has a new look to go along with its new name, Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services held its first meeting of the 2017-2018 legislative session February 15. Included was a presentation on Governor Snyder's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Central Michigan University College of Medicine collected the most toiletries for the first annual Truckloads of Toiletries challenge benefiting communities across the country. Students, faculty and staff from U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools collected a total of 1,140 pounds of travel sized toiletries to benefit homeless shelters or similar community organizations.
Governor Rick Snyder presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Budget on February 8, which includes welcomed developments related to several of MAFP's 2017 advocacy priorities.
To remain eligible for listing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) National Registry (NR) and as required under 49 CFR 390.111(a)(5)(i), Certified Medical Examiners must maintain medical examiner certification by completing training and testing requirements. In December 2016, FMCSA issued a statement that it will be the sole provider of the required 5-year refresher training, and it will provide the training online and at no cost to Certified Medical Examiners. For Family Physicians who have not yet received their initial 10-year certification to perform Commercial Driver’s License examinations but would like to do so, MAFP continues to make available online DOT training to members.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that the new MAPS software is scheduled to launch on April 4. To prepare for that launch, prescriber registration and account set-up in the new system will begin March 9. Accounts from the current system will not be transferred to the new system, and prescribers should continuing making requests and reporting to the current system through April 3.