News & Announcements
According to data released by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on June 18, the number of opioid prescriptions and schedule 2-5 controlled substances dispensed in 2018 compared to 2017 decreased by 15% and 11.5%, respectively. Over the same time period, the MI Automated Prescription System (MAPS) registration rate increased 134%. While this new data is good news, some warn it’s unclear whether opioid-related deaths also declined in 2018, as the state hasn’t released that data yet.
American Board of Family Medicine's PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care—the first three years are free to ABFM Diplomates.
Five posters submitted by students and residents from Michigan have been selected for display and/or oral presentation at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 25-27, in Kansas City, MO. The purpose of the poster competition is to stimulate research by medical students and family medicine residents, to provide a venue to share innovative and effective educational programs, and to showcase unique community projects.
MAFP submitted written testimony in opposition to legislation introduced in the House and Senate that, if passed, would require all prescriptions to be transmitted electronically to the pharmacy. While the legislation allows for exceptions to the e-prescribing mandate, and for prescribers to obtain a waiver, MAFP has concerns about the proposed implementation date, fines that violators would be required to pay, and lack of definitions for exemption categories.
MAFP joined more than 230 national and state organizations, including AAFP, in signing a letter sent on June 7 to the sponsors of the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019. Sparked by the current measles outbreak—the worst in more than two decades—HR 2862 aims to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation and ensure continued public awareness of the importance of vaccinations.
As you prepare for attending the Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo, August 1-4, at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, you may be wondering what, if any, conference-related expenses are eligible to “write off” for tax purposes. The answer to that question is governed by the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and depends on whether you are attending the conference as an individual or as a representative of your business.
Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan has appointed two resident members of MAFP and two student members of MAFP to represent our state chapter at their respective congress during AAFP's National Conerence, July 25-27, in Kansas City, MO.
On May 30, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law bi-partisan auto no-fault reform legislation designed to lower insurance rates for Michigan drivers, protect insurance coverage options, and strengthen consumer protections.
Effective May 6, family physicians are required to register with MiPLUS—the state's new online licensing and regulatory database application for health and occupational professionals in Michigan—to either apply for a new license or renew their current license.
Fight for Family Medicine
On May 20-21, family physicians from across the country convened in Washington, DC, for AAFP’s 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS). Michigan’s delegation, which included nine family physicians who took time away from their practices to advocate for their specialty, as well as several MAFP staff members, participated in conference-style educational and skill-building sessions and then visited Members of Congress to advocate for investments in primary care, teaching health centers, and graduate medical education.