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7 Resolutions Heard at 2020 House of Delegates

Friday, June 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jami Burbidge, Director of Advocacy and Engagement
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screenshot of some participants of the MAFP 2020 House of Delegates The extraordinary circumstances of 2020 led the MAFP to pivot House of Delegates to an abbreviated, online format. Out of respect for our members’ time and energy during the COVID-19 pandemic, only urgent resolutions—those that relate to our new COVID-19 realities or should be considered for submission to the AAFP Congress of Delegates—were accepted, and the traditional agenda was shortened to include only the resolutions and the 2020-2021 MAFP Board of Directors election.

Seven resolutions were submitted by members and local chapters and heard at the House of Delegates on June 13, 2020. Seventy-nine members and four guests attended via Zoom. Under the guidance of Speaker of the House Deb Dittberner, MD, Vice Speaker Lauren Moak, MD, and Reference Committee chair Dave Bucher, MD, FAAFP, your 2020 House of Delegates took the following actions:

  1. End Race-Based Medicine – The MAFP will bring a resolution to the AAFP Congress of Delegates asking the AAFP to end the practice of using race as a proxy for biology or genetics in their educational events and literature, create guidelines for speakers and contributors to AAFP sponsored educational events that provide guidance about using race, develop or collaborate with other organizations to provide education for members on the harms of using race as a proxy for genetic or biological risk and how to use race appropriately in medicine, and support the development of resources to assist members in critically evaluating their use of race in research and clinical practice. (This resolution will graduate to the national level, heard at AAFP Congress of Delegates in October 2020.)
  2. Addressing Health Disparities in Communities of Color During the COVID-19 Pandemic (and Future Complex Humanitarian Emergencies) – The MAFP will create a workgroup within the Health Equity Task Force to look into policymaking and other opportunities to help communities of color during pandemics, publish links to information about COVID-19 race and ethnicity data, encourage the research of health equity during crisis situations including pandemics, and provide a session at the 2021 Spring Refresher and a stand-alone CME that discuss exacerbated health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic in communities of color.
  3. Virtual Health Visits – Resolution to Support Telemedicine Care – The MAFP will advocate with state and national leaders to continue payment parity of telemedicine visits for health care, direct members to training materials for family medicine physician clinics to help nurses and ancillary support staff appropriately triage visits to be either telemedicine or in-person visits, and assist family physicians in Minnesota with learning options on how to appropriately document telemedicine visits to maximize reimbursement.
  4. Support for Universal Healthcare – The MAFP will support a publicly funded and privately delivered universal health care system.
  5. Completion of a Health Equity Impact Assessment Prior to Hospital or Clinic Closure – The MAFP will encourage all Minnesota healthcare systems to complete a written health equity impact assessment (such as HEIA or RHIA) when a proposal is made to close a hospital, clinic, or service line with the health system, request that said assessment be made publicly available for feedback from employees, patients, and the community, and be available (through the Health Equity Task Force) to provide further suggestions to promote health equity throughout the decision-making process.
  6. A resolution on supporting patient-directed healthcare through refundable/advanceable tax credits for direct primary care and health savings accounts was filed for information.
  7. A resolution on supporting education and resources for integrated behavioral health care for medical students, family medicine residents, and family medicine physicians was referred to the Board of Directors.

Learn more about these resolutions and how they are driving the work of the Academy.

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