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MAFP Releases Advocacy Priorities for Action in 2016

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As the state's largest physician specialty organization in Michigan, MAFP remains steadfastly dedicated to advocacy that reflects the best interests of Michigan's Family Physicians, Family Medicine Residents and medical students. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to share the Academy's priorities for action in 2016.

The MAFP Advocacy Committee is the body charged with determining the Academy's advocacy/public policy priorities, as well as crafting and advancing its legislative and regulatory agenda. After assessing the issues that are likely to arise in the new year, and taking into account feedback expressed via a member-wide survey conducted this fall, the Committee revised the Academy's policy priorities to include specific action on Direct Primary Care (DPC), the State Innovation Model (SIM), the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), prescription drug and substance abuse, pro-immunization efforts and telemedicine.

The Academy also remains committed to the goals of ensuring adequate payment for Family Physicians that reflects the costs of clinical services and the new responsibilities primary care physicians are taking on in the current reform-driven environment; Graduate Medical Education reform; and funding for the State Loan Repayment Program and team-based care.

In carrying out these priorities, MAFP staff will work closely with the Committee Chair and members identified as having expertise in a given area, and benchmarks will be evaluated throughout 2016 to ensure we remain on track.

Click here for more information about MAFP's advocacy work and and public policy priorities, and please register TODAY to join us in advocating for your specialty at the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Lansing on February 23.