News & Announcements
As the opioid crisis continues to be a major public health concern across the country, AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP issued a statement on May 11 affirming the Academy's commitment to addressing the crisis and the role of Family Physicians. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives is wrapping up work on more than a dozen bills addressing prescription drug and opioid abuse.
During the National Conference of Constituency Leaders/Annual Chapter Leaders Forum held May 5-7 in Kansas City, preparing for implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was a hot topic. AAFP launched its multi-year, comprehensive communication and education initiative--MACRA Ready--and CMS invited Family Physicians to share their input during a Town Hall Meeting with Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Deputy Chief of Staff Tim Gronniger.
This week the House Health Policy Committee considered legislation that would create a new requirement for reporting maternal deaths. Proponents say this would strenghten the current process in Michigan to ensure all maternal deaths are identified, and accurate and comprehensive data is collected.
On May 5, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration announced a final rule broadening the definition of tobacco products and giving the FDA authority over the sale, marketing and manufacturing of these products.
HHS Issues Proposed Rules Implementing MACRA
On April 27, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed rule to clarify the changes prescribed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, with public comment accepted until June 26.
Next week—May 5-7—five of your Michigan Family Physician colleagues will represent the Michigan chapter at the 2016 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) in Kansas City, Missouri. MAFP will keep you updated on happenings throughout the week via social media, as well as the May 6 issue of the Family Medicine Update.
This week, a contingent of Michigan Family Physicians, residents and MAFP staff traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2016 Family Medicine Congressional Conference. This annual event provides an opportunity for Family Medicine advocates to enhance their advocacy skills, learn about issues pending in Congress that impact the specialty and delivery of care, and meet with Members of Congress.
This Live activity, 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo, with a beginning date of 07/11/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the launch of a new advanced primary care medical home model—Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—which it has called its "largest-ever" payment reform and care delivery transformation initiative.
With the goal of limiting unused painkillers in the U.S., bipartisan legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would, if passed, amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow for the partial filling of opioid prescriptions at the request of patients or physicians.