News & Announcements
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Robert Graham, DO, MPH, FAAFP (Mt. Pleasant) and Jeanne Wigant (Madison Heights) on being honored by the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership during National Public Health Week for their contributions to protect and improve the health of Michiganders.
The AAFP is recruiting 25 Family Medicine practices to participate in the Adult Immunization Office Champions Project--a three-and-a-half-year project aimed at providing effective tools and strategies for developing a culture that promotes adult immunizations. The deadline to apply is April 22.
Over 40 participants gained an in-depth understanding of transitioning to a Direct Primary Care practice during a one-day, peer-to-peer workshop hosted by the AAFP on April 2 at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus.