“What would you fight for?” – A look back through April’s events
Dr. Ramona Seidel, MD, FAAFP
• The state legislature wrapped up on April 8th; MDAFP closely followed legislation that might affect family physicians and patients. Bills passed around Public Health issues including restrictions on age to purchase tobacco (now 21) and tanning bed use (now 18). Your MDAFP government advocacy committee continues to fight hard on DPC model legislation.
• The MDAFP solicited nominations for awards to be presented to family physician colleagues. We want to recognize those that fight for excellence in teaching and exemplary dedication to our specialty and our patients.
• The MDAFP was in Washington DC for a momentous event on April 22nd. Dr. Mozella Williams, Becky Wimmer, and I attended the announcement of a new program called “CMS Primary Cares Initiative”. Though this program will not be available in Maryland, it was exciting to be in the room with (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and (CMMI) Director Adam Boehler. Your national AAFP leaders are fighting for improved quality and simplified payment models. This new initiative moves the needle closer to those goals.
• Finally, the MDAFP again proudly sent a full delegation to the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders in Kansas City. The energy and enthusiasm for Family Medicine is palpable at these events. We heard from speakers such as Maryland family physicians Richard Bruno and Joey Nichols who fight for community health, physician well-being, and practice innovation.
“What would you fight for?” Fighting for Maryland family physicians and their patients; we are the MDAFP!