News & Announcements
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.
A newly developed, no-cost, evidence-based Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care Online CME Course is available for primary care physicians and other providers to help them deliver evidence-based practice guidelines aimed at improving prostate cancer survivorship care. The course is available until June 30.
The MAFP Foundation—the philanthropic arm of MAFP—has a limited number of competitive scholarships to either fully cover or reduce the cost of a MAFP student member's registration fee to attend the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo. The deadline to apply is June 16.
Although the CDC has confirmed just four cases of Zika virus in Michigan, the arrival of warm weather and the uptick in summer-related travel increases the likelihood that Family Physicians will be faced with potential exposures. As with other public health crises, Family Physicians are integral to the surveillance of the Zika virus. Knowing the symptoms to watch for and what to do should you suspect a patient has the virus is critical to the health of that patient and your community.
After receiving less than encouraging news on the state’s revenue forecast, legislative leaders have been engrossed in discussions about where to make the necessary cuts in the proposed budgets. With final targets in place, the conference committees are now convening to reconcile the chambers’ respective budget disparities with the hopes of finalizing a state budget by early June.
Congratulations to MAFP student members Jeanne Wigant (Madison Heights) and Taneev Escamilla (Detroit) on being selected through a competitive application process to participate in the AAFP Foundation's exclusive Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.
The Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee heard testimony on May 24 from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs regarding the proposed replacement of the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS), the state's electronic monitoring system created in 2003 to track the dispensing of controlled substances, schedule 2-5, from prescribers to patients.