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Opioid Alert: The Implications of New State Laws for FPs
Despite the physician community's opposition to specific aspects of state legislation aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic, the Michigan legislature passed and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed into law several new requirements on the prescribing of opioids and other controlled substances. MAFP, in collaboration with Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan Osteopathic Association, has completed an analysis of the new laws and how they impact Family Physicians. If you have questions, contact MAFP headquarters at 517-347-0098.
70 Never Looked So Good
MAFP Celebrating Platinum Anniversary
Chartered in 1948 as the 19th constituent chapter of American Academy of Family Physicians, MAFP—originally named Michigan Academy of General Practice—is proud and excited to launch its year-long 70th anniversary celebration. We invite you to view our virtual commemoration and check back often, as we will continue to add to the timeline of milestones of MAFP's distinguished 70-year history.
You're Invited
MAFP / FMFM Open House Jan. 24
As we kick off 2018 and the year-long celebration of MAFP's 70th anniversary, please join us on January 24, 4:30-7 p.m. to celebrate the newly renovated offices of MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan. Please kindly RSVP no later than January 19.
Academy Releases 2018 Advocacy Priorities
Based upon input collected from members and the Advocacy Committee, MAFP has released its 2018 advocacy priorities, which are organized into five categories: increasing access to care for all, investing in the primary care workforce, reforming the payment and delivery system, reducing physician administrative burden, and preserving public health and safety.
FREE Grassroots Advocacy Tools Webinar January 18
AAFP wants to make grassroots advocacy easier for you! During this FREE webinar for MAFP members on January 18, 7:30 - 8 p.m. ET, AAFP will provide an overview of its grassroots advocacy tools and an outlook on what to expect in 2018. No registration is required. Click below for the log-in and call-in information.
Leadership Opportunities Available
Apply to Serve on a Board or Committee
MAFP and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan are seeking candidates interested in serving on the MAFP Board of Directors, FMFM Board of Trustees, and/or a committee. Applications are due beginning March 1.
Academy Awards Nominations Due March 1
Do you know an exemplary Michigan Family Physician, Michigan Family Medicine Educator, or Michigan Family Medicine Resident member of MAFP? Nominate him/her for an Academy Award by March 1.
MAFP Staff Update
The next time you call MAFP Headquarters, you are likely to hear the voice of Denna Fleming, MAFP's new Administrative Coordinator. Denna joined the team on January 2. Please help us welcome her!
Did You Receive the Winter 2017-2018 Michigan Family Physician ?
You should have received the Michigan Family Physician winter 2017-2018 issue in your mailbox around the end of 2017 / beginning of 2018. If you did not, please email info@mafp.com with your mailing address so we can be sure you are correctly included in our distribution list. In the meantime, you can read the e-Pub version of the journal on the MAFP website (username and password required). 
MAFP Co-sponsoring 2018 State of the State Address
MAFP is once again co-sponsoring WKAR's live broadcast of the governor's State of the State Address. Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his final address on January 23 beginning at 7 p.m. ET before a joint convention of the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. WKAR's broadcast will air live on public television across the state and on Radio 90.5 FM.
Free, No-Obligation Credit Card Processing Analysis
Credit card processing has become extremely complex. As you evaluate different sales offers, Retailers Processing Network (RPN)—the processor behind the program that MAFP offers to members—suggests asking the same 10 questions of any program so you can compare apples to apples. As you evaluate options, we encourage that you contact RPN to request a free, no-obligation, detailed analysis of your recent processing statements. The analysis will show you in writing exactly how much you can expect to save with MAFP's program and why. READ MORE
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP, THCs, FQHCs
On December 21—prior to the holiday break—Congress passed a temporary spending measure, delaying comprehensive action on important funding priorities including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Teaching Health Centers (THCs) program, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) program. While we are hearing promising reports that CHIP may be extended, it is still important to keep pressure on elected officials. Please contact your members of Congress today to tell them to fund these programs to protect coverage and access to care.
Medicaid Providers Required to Enroll in CHAMPS
Beginning March 1, Managed Care Organization (MCO) providers furnishing services to Medicaid beneficiaries must enroll in CHAMPS. Medicaid rules prohibit payment to providers not appropriately screened and enrolled. Enrollment in CHAMPS is solely used for the purpose of screening providers participating in Medicaid.
State Legislature Back in Session: What's on Tap in 2018?
The Michigan legislature resumed session the week of January 8 after a brief break for the holidays. With a gubernatorial election year upon us and several House and Senate seats at play, political dynamics will likely mean more conservative policy-making. Still, there will be some issues that state leaders consider taking up, including mental healthcare reform.
AAFP Releases Toolkit to Assess Social Determinants of Health
The EveryONE Project, developed by AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity, released a screening toolkit to help Family Physicians assess patients' social determinants of health (SDOH). The toolkit contains an outline of a team-based approach to SDOH screening, questions for determining a patient's social needs, and resources and tools to help plan how to address deficiencies.
Free 2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download from AAFP
Free for AAFP members to download is the new 2018 MIPS Playbook designed to help Family Physicians succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of CMS' Quality Payment Program. Simply log into your AAFP account to download the PDF.
AMA Report: Physicians Bring Economic Health to Michigan Communities
The impact that physicians have on individuals, families, and communities goes far beyond health and wellness. Physicians also play a vital role in state and local economies by creating jobs, purchasing goods and services, and generating state and local tax revenue, as reported by American Medical Association in its 2018 Economic Impact of Physicians analysis.
Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine
The Center for the History of Family Medicine is accepting applications for the eighth annual Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. The award provides up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses relating to research on a project of the applicant's choosing dealing with the history of General Practice, Family Practice, or Family Medicine in the U.S. Interested Family Physicians, Residents, Students, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists, and others are invited to apply. The application deadline is March 31, 6 p.m. ET.
National Conference Scholarships Application Period Open
Each year, AAFP Foundation and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan offer scholarships to help Resident and Student members attend AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students--a valuable educational and networking opportunity, and a chance to learn more about Family Medicine. This year's conference is being held August 2-4. Application deadlines begin March 1.
FMFM Student Externship Application Due April 1
Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan (FMFM) is accepting 2018 Medical Student Externship applications until April 1. Interested students should work with their medical school in submitting an application that identifies the clinical/research learning objectives and the Family Physician mentor / preceptor. Funding for the externship is made possible by matching grants from FMFM and AAFP Foundation.
Family Medicine Advocacy Summit Scholarships for Residents, Students
Each year, AAFP awards scholarships to two residents and two students to attend the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. Applications are due by February 9. The 2018 Summit will take place May 21-22 in Washington, DC.

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