MAOFP is requesting nominations for our prestigious awards:
These awards seek to recognize individual(s) exemplifying outstanding dedication to the profession by contribution to the advancement of osteopathic family practice in the state of Michigan.
Learn more and nominate a deserving individual using the links below. Nominations for MSUCOM Student of the Year are due by February 1. All others are due March 1.
Submit a nomination today
MAOFP is seeking delegates and resolution ideas for the 2022 ACOFP Congress of Delegates.
Delegates - Volunteer by January 4
The schedule for delegates is as follows:
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - VIRTUAL
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST – Reference Committees
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - LIVE in Dallas
1:00 - 3:00 PM CST – Credentialing (must arrive by 2 PM)
3:00 - 7:00 PM CST – Congress
Following the event, all delegates who serve will receive a certificate for complimentary MAOFP conference registration to your choice of either the 2022 Summer Conference or the 2023 Winter Conference.
Send an email email@example.com by January 4 to volunteer.
Resolutions - Due by December 6
Have an idea to improve the practice of medicine? MAOFP members in good standing are invited to author a resolution. This is a great opportunity to positively impact health policy. View previous resolutions submitted and approved by the ACOFP Congress of Delegates by clicking here.
The MAOFP Advocacy Committee will review and edit the submitted resolutions and submit them to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, MAOFP will submit the resolutions to ACOFP for review and consideration at the 2022 Congress of Delegates. Please use this resolution template when drafting your resolutions. Email your draft resolution(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 6, 2021.
Legislation was recently introduced in the Michigan Senate that, if passed, would grant full autonomy to nurse practitioners (NP) in the state. Among the provisions of Senate Bill 680 are allowing NPs, without undergoing additional training or education, to care for patients absent of physician supervision or collaboration, and to prescribe opioids and other controlled substances.
Data shows that team-based, physician-led care results in better quality outcomes, higher patient and physician satisfaction, and more cost-effective care. This is especially true when comparing collaborative care with the type of independent practice sought by allied health professionals such as nurse practitioners. Paramount is that the interests of patients are best served when their care is provided by a physician or through an integrated practice supervised directly by a physician, as the education and training of physicians and allied health professionals is not interchangeable. Through their expansive training, which consists of and average of 21,700 training and clinical hours, physicians bring a broader and deeper expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of health problems. Comparatively, nurse practitioners are required to have approximately 5,350 training and clinical hours.
To amplify our work on scope of practice issues to protect the safety of patients and the practice of family medicine, MAOFP has joined MiACCT (Michigan for Advancing Collaborative Care Teams), a collaboration of more than 20 healthcare organizations in the state committed to growing, strengthening, and preserving physician-led, team-based care.
Make sure your Senator knows Nurse Practitioners should be part of the care team, not independent from it and to vote NO on Senate Bill 680.
Visit the MiACCT Website
Earlier this year MAOFP presented a resolution in favor of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) coverage expansion for patients with a diagnosis of obesity and morbid obesity. The resolution was approved by the ACOFP Congress of Delegates. Now, ACOFP submitted a letter of support for S. 1536/H.R. 3108, the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2021, introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Fred Upton (R-MI).
Currently, Medicare only covers MNT when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes or renal disease. The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2021 would expand Medicare Part B coverage for MNT services for patients diagnosed with obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, malnutrition, cardiovascular disease and other conditions, allowing physicians to refer more beneficiaries to dieticians and nutrition professionals to help manage a wider range of chronic diseases through MNT.
MAOFP is excited to launch it's newest on-demand learning opportunities! Earn up to 28 CME credits at your convenience through the following education packages:
Learn more and register!
MAOFP is looking for members to share their story to build better engagement, relationships and generate a larger interest for those not a part of the organization. We're asking our members to fill out a questionnaire, that we will then compile your answers into a MAOFP blog story. Those who submit will have the ability to read and approve their story prior to it being published.
Examples of questions include:
Why did you first decide to get into the medical profession?
What do you think is the greatest value of being an MAOFP member?
How has your membership with MAOFP helped you become a more active member of Michigan’s Osteopathic Physician community?
Share your stories today!
MAOFP aligned with ImmunizeDC and 60 other organizations across the nation to urge expedited passage of legislation aimed at improving the health of older Americans, eliminating confusion and disparities in coverage for FDA-approved and CDC recommended vaccines and improving vaccination rates for our nation’s seniors - a group that the pandemic has shown is most vulnerable to serious communicable diseases.
Read the letter here.
MAOFP is seeking volunteers to positively impact the field of osteopathic family medicine through involvement in our committees. Contact Nichole Dennis at email@example.com with any questions or to get involved.
Available committees include:
Click here to learn more about each committee and their responsibilities.
MAOFP is accepting articles and member news for the upcoming issue of the MAOFP Connections publication. Help advance the practice of osteopathic family medicine by sharing an article. The submission deadline is September 24, 2021.
Submit an Article
MAOFP is now accepting advertisements for the 2021 Fall Issue of the MAOFP Connections Newsletter. This digital publication focuses on best practices, trends, and legislative news impacting the field of osteopathic family medicine. The current issue of the publication is available to the public until the next issue is released. The deadline to apply as an advertiser for the upcoming issue is Friday, September 24. Learn more here.
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