News & Announcements
On February 16, the multi-stakholder Core Quality Measures Collaborative publicly announced a new set of core quality measures to promote alignment in both public and private sectors and reduce administrative burden on physicians. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated that the measures could potentially be included in 2016 rulemaking.
Now in its fourth edition, 2016 Strategies for Coding, Billing and Getting Paid Appropriately: A Guide for Family Physicians, is a must-have monograph for assisting Family Physicians with an essential component of day-to-day practice—coding and billing for the services you provide.
Watch for online registration for the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo to open within the next few weeks!
On behalf of Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students in the state, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians presented the 2016 Friend of Family Medicine Award to Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) on February 23, 2016.
Beneath blue skies on February 23, nearly 100 Family Physicians, Family Medicine residents and medical students convened in the state's Capital City to talk with their legislators about the value of the specialty and its role in keeping people healthy, providing access to care, and reducing costs to the healthcare system.
This week, February 21-27, 2016, is being recognized by Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, and the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians as Family Medicine Week in Michigan.
Governor Rick Snyder submitted a waiver request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on February 14 that, if approved, would expand Medicaid coverage to approximately 15,000 additional Flint residents under the age of 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to the city's lead-contaminated water.
On February 16, the Core Quality Measures Collaborative—comprised of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), which represents most insurers in the U.S., and other stakeholders including the AAFP—announced an historic agreement to streamline and standardize quality measures of physician performance in support of transitioning to value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently announced upcoming changes to the Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) process. To ensure you receive the most up-to-date information and get your questions answered about these changes and how they will impact you, Joseph W. Tollison, MD, Senior Advisor to the President of ABFM will lead a session on Monday, July 11 at 12:55-1:35 p.m. during the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo.
Governor Rick Snyder presented his two-year budget recommendation during a joint hearing of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees on February 10. The $54.9 billion budget is comprised of $10.2 billion in General Funds (GF), or state funding, and $12.5 billion in School Aid Funds. The proposed $24.71 billion budget for the Department of Health and Human Services accounts for the largest single share (45%) of the state's total budget. Of this amount, $14.27 billion ($1.82 billion GF) will go toward the state’s projected Medicaid caseload for physical health medical services.