News & Announcements
Dental disease is the most prevalent chronic health condition among children in the United States, despite that it is relatively inexpensive to prevent. Right here in Michigan, as many as 80% of children in some areas of the state did not visit a dentist during the past year. Family Physicians are key partners in increasing access to oral healthcare and are invited to enroll to use Michigan's new dental registry.
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee recently revised and updated the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice to reflect the important role that all healthcare professionals play in ensuring adults are getting the vaccines they need. MAFP is providing you the opportunity to learn about the standards and earn CME credit.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will have winners and losers, and smaller practices are more likely to be impacted. To sustain current Medicare revenue, small independent physicians must start positioning their practice today for MACRA.
A tremendous amount of work is taking place in Michigan and nationally to ensure Family Physicians are well-positioned in the changing healthcare landscape as new reimbursement and delivery system frameworks continue to emerge. Here is a snapshot of the latest "transformation" happenings you should be aware of.
In a joint statement expressing heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Orlando shootings, their families and the Orlando community, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Psychiatric Association underscored that Congress MUST take action.
To arm Family Physicians with the latest resources for combating the opioid abuse and overdose crisis, AAFP recently released a new chronic pain management toolkit, and a free members-only CME webcast presented by David Walsworth, MD.
CIPA Announces New ACO Option
The Consortium of Independent Physician Association—a regional physician network managed by the Medical Advantage Group—announced the formation of a new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization for Michigan and Ohio Physicians.
MAFP hosted a MACRA Town Hall Webinar, open to all members, on June 8, during which AAFP's Medical Director for Quality Improvement shared insight on what Family Physicians should be doing now to position themselves for success in MIPS and APMs in the years to come.
The Michigan Legislature completed its work on the fiscal year 2016-2017 omnibus budget package late in the evening of June 8, just prior to adjourning for the summer, sending it to Governor Snyder for his expected signature. Included several notable provisions of interest to MAFP and Family Physicians in Michigan.
In 2015, legislative adjustments raised the meaningful use (MU) reporting period cycle from 90 days to an unnecessary 365-day period—representing four times the effort physicians will spend reporting MU in 2016. Tell your congressional leaders to protect the 90-day reporting period.