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:
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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 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.
MAOFP invites you to participate in our 2021 General Membership Meeting on Saturday, July 31 from 7-8 AM. MAOFP will share accomplishments achieved over the last year and ongoing strategic initiatives. The meeting will also include updates from ACOFP and the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
It is important that members participate so that we can vote on the proposed board slate (listed below) and install our new president.
Those attending the 2021 Summer Family Medicine Update can attend in-person at the VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center. All others are welcome to join us virtually by registering below by Thursday, July 29.
Click here to register to participate virtually
Proposed 2021-2022 Board of Directors
President - Joel Bates, DO
President-Elect - Lina Rayes Yousif, DO
Secretary/Treasurer - Robert Camara, DO
Past President - Tina Metropoulos, DO
Resident Director - Jacquelyn Small, DO
Resident Alternate - Faith Palmer, DO
Student Director - Olivia Welch
Contact Nichole Dennis, CMP, MAOFP Executive Director, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 253-7811.
As you may know, our organization is a member of the Parent Information Network (PIN). PIN is a coalition of groups advocating for vaccines and vaccine use in Michigan. And in the wake of the COVID-19, their work could not be more important.
Since the onset of the pandemic, immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases like the measles, mumps and rubella have fallen off dramatically here in Michigan. According to a study published by the CDC earlier this year, vaccination rates overall for children 18 and younger dropped by more than 20 percent, leaving far too many children and communities unprotected and vulnerable to outbreaks of potentially deadly, completely preventable conditions.
It’s a serious problem and one that PIN is working to address as the world begins to return to a more normal state with children returning to school in the fall.
As part of that back-to-school effort, PIN is asking parents around the state to pledge to have their child’s immunizations up to date before returning to the classroom.
Taking the pledge to get caught up has never been more important.
With social distancing requirements easing and in-person learning returning this fall, the conditions will be just right for a serious outbreak of a highly contagious and potentially deadly communicable disease like the measles.
That’s something we can prevent, but only if we all do our part to see that our children are caught up on their routine immunizations. Please take the pledge today and ask others to do the same. Getting our children caught-up on routine, life-saving immunizations before the start of the coming school year could very well save lives—that alone should be reason enough to take the pledge.
MAOFP is now accepting advertisements for the 2021 Spring 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, April 16. Learn more here.
Consider serving on the MAOFP Board of Directors and bring your experience to the table to influence and make a difference for family medicine in Michigan. Learn more and apply here.
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