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Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Online CME Course Available for Primary Care Physicians
06/09/2016

A newly developed, no-cost, evidence-based Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Online CME Course is available for primary care physicians and other providers to help them deliver evidence-based practice guidelines aimed at improving prostate cancer survivorship care. The course is available until June 30.

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MAFP Foundation Accepting Annual Conference Scholarship Applications
06/03/2016

The MAFP Foundation—the philanthropic arm of MAFP—has a limited number of competitive scholarships to either fully cover or reduce the cost of a MAFP student member's registration fee to attend the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo. The deadline to apply is June 16.

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Michigan Family Physicians Are Integral to the State's Zika Virus Surveillance
05/26/2016

Although the CDC has confirmed just four cases of Zika virus in Michigan, the arrival of warm weather and the uptick in summer-related travel increases the likelihood that Family Physicians will be faced with potential exposures. As with other public health crises, Family Physicians are integral to the surveillance of the Zika virus. Knowing the symptoms to watch for and what to do should you suspect a patient has the virus is critical to the health of that patient and your community.

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Lower Than Expected Revenue Forecast Drives Final State Budget Negotiations
05/26/2016

After receiving less than encouraging news on the state’s revenue forecast, legislative leaders have been engrossed in discussions about where to make the necessary cuts in the proposed budgets. With final targets in place, the conference committees are now convening to reconcile the chambers’ respective budget disparities with the hopes of finalizing a state budget by early June.

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Proposed MAPS Overhaul Takes Center Stage at Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee Hearing
05/26/2016

The Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee heard testimony on May 24 from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs regarding the proposed replacement of the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS), the state's electronic monitoring system created in 2003 to track the dispensing of controlled substances, schedule 2-5, from prescribers to patients.

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Two Medical Students from Michigan Chosen for National Emerging Leader Institute
05/26/2016

Congratulations to MAFP student members Jeanne Wigant (Madison Heights) and Taneev Escamilla (Detroit) on being selected through a competitive application process to participate in the AAFP Foundation's exclusive Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.

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Medicaid Financing Proposal Passes State Senate Committee
05/26/2016

Amidst a flurry of activity leading up to the summer legislative recess scheduled to begin next month, the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved, on May 25, an alternative to the much-bemoaned Health Insurance Claims Assessment Tax (HICA)—a broad-based tax on paid health claims that continues to be a thorny issue in Lansing.

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New Overtime Pay Rule May Affect Millions of Healthcare Workers
05/19/2016

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule that, effective December 1, doubles the salary threshold under which most employees are guaranteed overtime pay, increasing it to $47,476. This rule is expected to affect a total of 4.2 million workers across the country, including 100,000 in Michigan,

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Michigan Panels Take Up Maternal Mortality Reporting, Maintenance of Certification, and Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Legislation
05/19/2016

On May 17, The House and Senate Health Policy Committees took up legislation focused on issues that MAFP has been closely monitoring in Lansing on behalf of members—requirements for reporting maternal deaths, changes to maintenance of certification, and prescription drug and opioid abuse.

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Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Elects New Officers and Trustees
05/19/2016

The Board of Trustees of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Foundation—the philanthropic arm of the Michigan chapter of the Academy—held its Annual Meeting on May 11, during which members elected new officers and trustees for 2016-2017.

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