News & Announcements
The spring 2016 Michigan Family Physician e-Pub was delivered to members' inboxes on March 24. In addition to informative articles focused on helping Family Physicians navigate the changing healthcare landscape, this issue includes a special 12-page 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo insert.
The 2016 National Resident Matching Program's main residency match (aka, The Match) resulted in the largest number on record of registered applicants, resident positions offered and matched, and number of graduating medical students choosing Family Medicine in the history of the specialty!
Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), performance beginning as early as 2017 will impact payment adjustments in upcoming years; therefore, it is critical that Family Physicians begin preparing TODAY to establish a value-based infrastructure.
This educational and fun summer getaway July 11-14 at the renowned DoubleTree by Hilton in Bay City offers something for everyone (including your family). CME + Networking + Vacation = FUN!
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its final guideline for primary care physicians prescribing opioids, which are are intended to improve patient-physician communication and reduce the risks of opioid use disorder, overdose and death.
State Innovation Model Pilot Regions Chosen
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on March 9, 2016, that five locations have been chosen as test sites for the state's Blueprint for Health Innovation. Testing in these pilot regions is set to launch this summer.
March is the time that your practice should be confirming your flu orders for the upcoming season to ensure you receive your preferred type of flu vaccine. We encourage you to talk with our partner, Atlantic Health Partners, to see how they can assist you with more effectively planning for flu season.
Do you have a burning issue that you would like to see debated before the MAFP membership and/or taken to the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Congress of Delegates in the fall? You are encouraged to submit a resolution by June 1 to be considered during the 2016 MAFP Annual Meeting!
The MAFP Board of Directors recently appointed five delegates to represent MAFP at the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, May 5-8 in Kansas City, Missouri, where they will develop skills to advocate for issues relevant to their respective special constituencies, as well as their practice, patients, and specialty.
On February 16, the multi-stakholder Core Quality Measures Collaborative publicly announced a new set of core quality measures to promote alignment in both public and private sectors and reduce administrative burden on physicians. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated that the measures could potentially be included in 2016 rulemaking.