News & Announcements

State Maternal Mortality Bill Calls for New Physician Reporting Requirements
05/12/2016

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.

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AAFP Launches MACRA Ready Initiative, CMS Solicits Physician Input
05/12/2016

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.

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Final Rule Gives FDA Authority to Regulate E-Cigarettes
05/06/2016

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.

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HHS Issues Proposed Rules Implementing MACRA
04/29/2016

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.

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Connect with MAFP to Stay Updated on NCCL and ACLF Happenings May 5-7
04/28/2016

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.

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Michigan Advocates Elevate Family Medicine, Primary Care Issues Among Members of Congress
04/22/2016

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.

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2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo Approved for AAFP CME Credit
04/15/2016

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.

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CMS Announces Launch of New Multi-Payer Initiative to Improve Primary Care, Shift from Volume to Value
04/15/2016

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the launch of a new advanced primary care medical home model—Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—which it has called its "largest-ever" payment reform and care delivery transformation initiative.

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Federal Legislation Would Permit Partial Filling of Opioid Prescriptions; AAFP Offers Opioid Abuse Resources
04/15/2016

With the goal of limiting unused painkillers in the U.S., bipartisan legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would, if passed, amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow for the partial filling of opioid prescriptions at the request of patients or physicians.

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State Senate Panel Approves Budget, Increases Medicaid Primary Care Fee Uplift
04/14/2016

The Michigan House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees returned from the two-week spring break this week and began work on the FY 2016-2017 budget. Both subcommittees considered and passed their respective budgets, as proposed, sending them to the chambers’ full Appropriations committee for further deliberation. Included are several notable provisions of interest to MAFP and Family Physicians.

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