News & Announcements
Michigan's five delegates to the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) took active roles in drafting and testifying on resolutions with their colleagues from across the country May 5-7. Resolution topics included eliminating patient satisfaction scores as a metric of quality healthcare, recognizing HIV/AIDS as a chronic disease, increasing the pipeline of underrepresented physicians to address diversity and inclusion, physician management of patient reviews on social media, and more.
Although vaccine-preventable diseases are at their lowest point ever, variations in coverage levels exist in all age groups, and pockets of under-immunized populations can be found in many urban and rural areas, particularly in those below the poverty level. In its efforts to help physicians and other healthcare professionals improve immunization service delivery, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting training webinars on May 16 and May 20.
As the opioid crisis continues to be a major public health concern across the country, AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP issued a statement on May 11 affirming the Academy's commitment to addressing the crisis and the role of Family Physicians. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives is wrapping up work on more than a dozen bills addressing prescription drug and opioid abuse.
This week the House Health Policy Committee considered legislation that would create a new requirement for reporting maternal deaths. Proponents say this would strenghten the current process in Michigan to ensure all maternal deaths are identified, and accurate and comprehensive data is collected.
During the National Conference of Constituency Leaders/Annual Chapter Leaders Forum held May 5-7 in Kansas City, preparing for implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was a hot topic. AAFP launched its multi-year, comprehensive communication and education initiative--MACRA Ready--and CMS invited Family Physicians to share their input during a Town Hall Meeting with Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Deputy Chief of Staff Tim Gronniger.
On May 5, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration announced a final rule broadening the definition of tobacco products and giving the FDA authority over the sale, marketing and manufacturing of these products.
HHS Issues Proposed Rules Implementing MACRA
On April 27, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule to clarify the changes prescribed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, with public comment accepted until June 26.
Next week—May 5-7—five of your Michigan Family Physician colleagues will represent the Michigan chapter at the 2016 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) in Kansas City, Missouri. MAFP will keep you updated on happenings throughout the week via social media, as well as the May 6 issue of the Family Medicine Update.
This week, a contingent of Michigan Family Physicians, residents and MAFP staff traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2016 Family Medicine Congressional Conference. This annual event provides an opportunity for Family Medicine advocates to enhance their advocacy skills, learn about issues pending in Congress that impact the specialty and delivery of care, and meet with Members of Congress.
This Live activity, 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo, with a beginning date of 07/11/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.