News & Announcements
"The biggest concern is prior authorization hinders the patient's access to care and delays treatment," said MAFP member and 2017 AAFP Vice Speaker candidate Jennifer Aloff, MD, FAAFP (Midland) when she spoke with Modern Healthcare as a member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice.
MAFP Releases 2017 Advocacy Priorities
On January 25, the 2016-2017 MAFP Advocacy Committee unanimously approved the Academy's 2017 advocacy priorities. These priorities will largely drive MAFP's advocacy agenda in the new legislative session that is now underway.
The annual AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (National Conference) provides tremendous leadership, educational and networking opportunities. This year's National Conference will take place July 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Scholarship and poster presentation applications deadlines have been announced.
The 2017 MAFP Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 12:40-2:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. If you have resolutions you would like to submit for consideration, MAFP is now accepting submissions through June 9.
On January 23, Michigan Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) met with Family Physician and MAFP Advocacy Committee member Harshini Jayasuriya, MD (“Dr. Hershey”) to learn how she is leading the charge to stem the tide of the prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic in her small Michigan community of Eaton Rapids.
ProMedica recently announced plans to close its Family Medicine residency program at Toledo Hospital. Please take action TODAY to tell ProMedica to reverse its decision—sign an online petition and spread the message on Facebook and Twitter (be sure to include the hashtag #SaveToldeoFM).
The interm report issued on January 13 by the state's 298 Facilitation Workgroup includes policy recommendations for improving the coordination of physical and behavioral healthcare.
During Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State 2017 address on January 17, he highlighted the success of the state's Medicaid expansion program, Healthy Michigan, as a model for the nation and the need for its continued support.
Our Deepest Sympathy
It is with tremendous sadness and deepest sympathy that we inform you of the passing of Janice Jackson, wife of Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (formerly MAFP Foundation) President Edward Jackson, MD, FAAFP (Hemlock).
On January 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that 2,893 primary care practices—including 447 in Michigan—have been selected to participate in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Round 1.