News & Announcements
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the 2019 child and adolescent immunization schedules—approved by AAFP—on February 5. Included are changes to recommendations for influenza, hepatitis A and B, and Tdap vaccines.
A study published in the February 1 issue of American Family Physician shows that increasing the number of allopathic medical schools does not ensure a corresponding increase of graduates choosing the Family Medicine specialty. While the total number of U.S. graduates who entered a Family Medicine residency program rose 64% over the past 10 years, the proportion of allopathic medical school graduates who chose Family Medicine during that time period remained constant at around 50%.
MAFP Leaders Attend Ten State Conference
MAFP President Mary Marshall, MD, RN; President-elect Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA; and Director of Business Development & Operations Michael Macias attended the 2019 AAFP Ten State Conference hosted by New York Academy of Family Physicians in Orlando, February 1-3. This annual conference provides an opportunity for Family Medicine leaders from the Midwest, upper East Coast, and AAFP to network and learn from each other on issues impacting Family Medicine.
A report released on February 6 provides estimates of the potential impacts of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements that must be met for Healthy Michigan beneficiaries to maintain coverage. Key findings include that, each month, an estimated 174,000 people will be found noncompliant for failure to meet the reporting obligations of Michigan's work and community engagement requirements, and that 61,000-183,000 Healthy Michigan beneficiaries will lose coverage over a one-year period.
AAFP Foundation is accepting applications until March 1 from student and resident members of AAFP who are interested in participating in the 2019 Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute (ELI)—a year-long program designed to cultivate leaders who will guide Family Medicine into the future.
Eligible clinicians passionate about helping patients recover from addiction are encouraged to apply to the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. HRSA is accepting applications through Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm ET.
As the U.S. Senate explores ways to lower healthcare costs, the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on February 5 on potential changes to primary care coverage. Among the ideas presented was incentivizing physicians to purchase generic drugs directly from wholesalers, similar to how direct primary care providers secure extremely low prescription prices for their patients.
One in three physician respondents to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association said prior authorization has led to serious or life-threatening events for their patients.
MAFP is proud to co-sponsor WKAR's live broadcast of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address on publication television and Radio 90.5, February 12, beginning at 7 pm.
MAFP members have a vital role in the success of the Academy's advocacy efforts. While MAFP's advocacy team has already begun meeting with new and returning legislators to ensure our advocacy priorities are top-of-mind as policies, legislation, and appropriations are considered during Michigan's 100th legislative session, it is advocacy at the individual level—through contributions to the Family Medicine Political Action Committee and building relationships with one's elected officials—that truly has the most impact. Read more about what's in store for 2019 and how you can get involved to advocate for your specialty and your patients.