News & Announcements
CDC Releases Final Guideline for Prescribing Opioids
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its final guideline for primary care physicians prescribing opioids, which are are intended to improve patient-physician communication and reduce the risks of opioid use disorder, overdose and death.
State Innovation Model Pilot Regions Chosen
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on March 9, 2016, that five locations have been chosen as test sites for the state's Blueprint for Health Innovation. Testing in these pilot regions is set to launch this summer.
March is the Month to Confirm Your Flu Orders for the Upcoming Season--MAFP's Partner Can Assist
March is the time that your practice should be confirming your flu orders for the upcoming season to ensure you receive your preferred type of flu vaccine. We encourage you to talk with our partner, Atlantic Health Partners, to see how they can assist you with more effectively planning for flu season.
Members Invited to Submit Resolutions for Consideration at 2016 MAFP Annual Meeting
Do you have a burning issue that you would like to see debated before the MAFP membership and/or taken to the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Congress of Delegates in the fall? You are encouraged to submit a resolution by June 1 to be considered during the 2016 MAFP Annual Meeting!
Delegates Appointed to Represent Michigan at NCCL
The MAFP Board of Directors recently appointed five delegates to represent MAFP at the 2016 National Conference of Constitutency Leaders, May 5-8 in Kansas City, Missouri, where they will develop skills to advocate for issues relevant to their respective specialy constituencies, as well as their practice, patients, and specialty.
CMS Indicates New Core Quality Measures Could Potentially be Included in 2016 Rulemaking
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.
New Complimentary Practice Management Tool Exclusively for Family Physicians
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.
Online Registration for Annual Conference Opening in Early March
Watch for online registration for the 2016 Michigan Family Medicine Annual Conference & Expo to open within the next few weeks!
Senator Shirkey Honored with Friend of Family Medicine Award
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.
Nearly 100 Family Medicine Advocates Convene in Lansing to Increase Awareness of the Specialty
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.