News & Announcements
MAFP was among 25 state chapters that sent full delegations to AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), April 25-27, in Kansas City, Missouri. Delegates are charged with writing and debating resolutions, through the lens of their special constituency, aimed at bringing about change to better family medicine and/or improve patient care and outcomes. Topics of discussion included, among other things, incentivizing preceptors, board certification, the family physician shortage, hospital privileging, adopting gender-neutral language.
During the Michigan Rural Health Conference held April 25-26 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH (Sandusky) was honored with the 2019 Michigan Rural Health Professional Award by the Michigan Center for Rural Health.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on April 26 that it has released an application to identify primary care physicians interested in engaging in a preferred Patient Centered Medical Home payment model program. Physician interest applications must be submitted electronically by May 24, at 11:59 pm ET. The application is being issued solely for information and planning purposes. It does not constitute acceptance into a program or commitment of the MHPs to execute a contract.
On April 22, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new CMS Primary Cares Initiative, offering primary care practices and other healthcare providers with five new payment model options designed to initiate transformation to value-based care in primary care settings across the country.
Following the Michigan House Health Policy Committee’s April 25th hearing on the state’s measles outbreak, the Parent Information Network (PIN), of which MAFP is a proud member, raised concerns over the growing but preventable outbreak by issuing the following statement: “The measles can be prevented and our children protected with a simple vaccination. We are grateful that state health officials are taking this dangerous outbreak seriously and thank lawmakers for their work notifying the public about the dangers of infection and the importance of prevention.” As of April 17, 43 measles cases have been confirmed in Southeast Michigan.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 2 pm, local agencies in communities across Michigan and the U.S., in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Matt Black, a 2018 graduate of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan, returned to the program’s headquarters in Ann Arbor on April 12, this time as a teacher rather than a learner. Among the 2019 fellows is Anne Kittendorf, MD, FAAFP (Dexter). She chose to pursue the fellowship to deepen her understanding of health policy—it's history, how it's currently impacting our health and medical practices, and how we can envision and effectively promote changes that the health system and health in our communities need.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that, as of April 17, the number of confirmed measles cases now stands at 43. The outbreak, which began with the first confirmed case on March 13, includes cases in Oakland County, Wayne County, and the City of Detroit. Possible exposure locations now include Kent and Ingham counties. MDHHS continues to work closely with county health departments to identify additional possible exposure locations.
A delegation of Michigan Family Physicians and Academy staff are heading to Kansas City, MO, to represent MAFP at the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum, April 25-27. Hosted annually by American Academy of Family Physicians, NCCL is the premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies of the Academy. The concurrent ACLF provides an opportunity to build and refine leadership skills, discover solutions for chapter challenges, strengthen relationships with other chapter leaders and staff, and share best practices with peers.
Family Medicine Leadership in Action
April 15-19 was a busy week at MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan! It kicked off Monday evening, April 15, with the FMFM Student & Resident Education Committee’s last meeting of the 2018-2019 service year, followed by meetings of the MAFP Advocacy Committee and MAFP Board of Directors on April 17. Topics of discussion and action items focused on the Health Can't Wait prior authorization reform initiative