News & Announcements
Bashar Yalldo, MD (Royal Oak), a recent graduate of Providence Family Medicine Residency, was recognized with the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Resident of the Year award on July 12 during the Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo in Bay City.
Sheala Jafry, MD, FAAFP (Rochester Hills), a faculty preceptor at William Beaumont Hospital’s Family Medicine Center in Troy, was recognized with the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year award on July 12 during the Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo in Bay City.
Scott Yaekle, MD (Canton) was recognized with the 2016 Michigan Family Physician of the Year award on July 12 during the Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo in Bay City.
George Mogill, MD, FAAFP (Bloomfield Hills) was recognized with the 2016 Archie Award of Excellence on July 12 during the Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo in Bay City. MAFP periodically presents this awad in honor of the late Archie W. Bedell, MD, PhD, a long-time member and past president of the Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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.