Michael A. Barry, CAE, Executive Director
As we all gather with family and friends to count our blessings and kick off the season of holiday cheer and giving, I thought it would be befitting to reflect on some of the things we have to be thankful for at ACPM.
There are many exciting things happening within and around ACPM, and the environment in which we work. Here are just a few:
- The giving spirit of ACPM members. Never have so many members made financial contributions to the College as in 2016. Whether for our Preventive Medicine Amplified or Annual Fund campaigns, our members have stepped up to the plate like never before. Your generosity allows us to have greater impact and reach in our communications about preventive medicine, and support the engagement of more students, residents, and young physicians in our profession. Even more important than financial contributions, however, is the level of volunteerism you have exhibited. You are engaging in our committees, task forces, and special interest groups, representing the specialty and the College in external forums, and supporting our work with expert reviews, advice, and linkages at higher levels. We thank you for this.
- The growth of ACPM. ACPM’s program portfolio, revenues, staff, infrastructure, and external brand are growing steadily, thanks to new funding streams and partnerships, including a flourishing relationship with the CDC; slow and steady membership growth; a stable of innovative corporate partners who see ACPM as a thought leader and convener of health system solutions; and an external environment that is beginning to move health system levers in a way that values prevention, lifestyle modification, and population management. One of the most important ancillary benefits of this growth is the expanded engagement of our members—the ACPM family—in the types of work they care most about. This engagement and growth enables us to provide new value back to our members and other stakeholders, such as through our growing annual meeting (Preventive Medicine 2016 highest attended conference), a 30-hour CME online program designed to build competencies in lifestyle medicine among practicing clinicians, and a bevy of other educational content packaged and delivered to meet your continuing education, board certification, and medical licensure needs.
- The resource expansion for programs that matter to ACPM. Over the years, ACPM has played an indispensable role in garnering recognition among policy makers of preventive medicine and the need to grow its pipeline. We are thankful that those in a position to influence federal resources have heeded our call and taken action that has resulted in more than 25 programs (up from 5 more than a decade ago) receiving funding for PM residency training. Our direct advocacy has led to an increase from 13 to 42 states that are funded to participate in the National Violent Death Reporting System. We have also lent our voice and support to multiple other federal programs that are improving the public’s health, from coverage of preventive services to regulatory control over the marketing of deadly tobacco products.
Finally, and most importantly, we are thankful to have such a wonderful, extended family of colleagues and friends that the College represents. Throughout my many years at ACPM, the “family” culture of our College has been an ongoing source of both comfort and inspiration. I don’t think there’s another profession or collection of individuals who are so committed to and passionate about their work and to helping improve the human condition. As a staff member, it makes it easy to come to work every day. For this, I am most thankful … and hope you will join me in refocusing some of your thoughts this week to those things for which you are truly most thankful—especially family and friends—who drive you to be who you are. Happy Thanksgiving!
We are now accepting nominations for Annual Awards and Board of Regents. Do you know of a colleague who has made an exceptional contribution to our profession or would be an excellent addition to the ACPM Board of Regents? Simply submit their name through our online forms with the required information.
ACPM was once again active at the 2017 interim meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HoD) where our delegation lent its support to several policy resolutions including a resolution that ACPM cosponsored calling on the AMA to "adopt policy that bars our AMA from holding the House of Delegates meeting in states that enact physician gun gag rule laws." After mixed testimony that included discussion regarding the difficulty of adhering to such a policy as hotel space is secured 5 years in advance of HoD meetings, the resolution was referred for further study to AMA’s Council on Science and Public Health.
Other resolutions that garnered support from ACPM included a resolution removing federal restrictions on funding for firearm research and urging AMA endorsement of "Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From 8 Health Professional Organizations and the American Bar Association," which ACPM has previously endorsed . Thanks to our AMA delegate Robert Gilchick, MD, MPH, FACPM, and alternate-delegate Jason Spangler, MD, MPH for their strong representation of the College during the meeting.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) recently published a special supplement, "National Violent Death Reporting System: Analyses and Commentary," that promotes the public health utility of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The supplement was sponsored by the CDC Foundation and includes a timely article on deaths due to use of lethal force by law enforcement.
Complete an ACPM Survey on Screening, Testing and Referring for Prediabetes
Take a brief survey to give us feedback on your current knowledge, experience, and challenges with screening, testing, or referring patients to a diabetes prevention program. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. ACPM will use survey responses to help develop and implement learning opportunities among providers on testing and referring their patients to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program.
ACPM has received a grant from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC to increase awareness of screening, testing, and referral of patients to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs that are part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). All those who complete the survey by Tuesday, November 22, 2016, will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50.00 gift cards.
ACPM Regent, Dr. Wendy Braund and ACPM Meetings and Education Director Haydee Barno attended the 2016 American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) meeting (along with representatives from American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, American Medical Informatics Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and ABPM) in Chicago on November 2nd at which they updated the ABPM Executive Director Dr. Bill Greaves and MOC Chair/staff about ACPM’s annual statistics regarding CME/MOC credits offered throughout the year and the number of diplomates enrolled in or who have completed their MOC Part IVs with ACPM.
In addition, they presented the Pre-existing Quality Improvement project for ABPM’s approval. ABPM will review and discuss ACPM’s plan with its MOC committee to ensure that the proposed plan collects required data from diplomates to be reported to ABMS.
ACPM Applauds Medicare Expansion as International Community Celebrates World Diabetes Day
On World Diabetes Day the ACPM praised the announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it will expand coverage of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) model to patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The expansion will ensure at-risk seniors and people with disabilities have access to an evidence-based DPP that can help lower their risk factors and prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes.
Beginning January 1, 2018, the rule will expand the DPP model test to eligible beneficiaries. The model is the first to be adopted by CMS that will reach all eligible beneficiaries. The expansion will allow suppliers to enroll in Medicare, as well as submit claims to furnish services. "The new benefit allows patients to access preventive diabetes services without being subject to co-payments; while providing physicians additional payments for furnishing preventive services to eligible beneficiaries," stated ACPM Executive Director Mike Barry. "ACPM commends CMS for its responsiveness to our recommendations submitted on the initial proposed rule."
Lifestyle Medicine Program Approved for AAFP Credits
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has approved the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program for up to 30 AAFP Prescribed credits. Physicians will have the opportunity to earn an additional two credits for participation in each Translation to Practice® exercise. The Lifestyle Medicine Program is approved for CME/MOC credits from several medical boards, described in detail on our program overview page.
Please Help us Restock our Journal Collection
ACPM and AJPM are collaborating to create two complete sets for our journal library, including all back issues. We have depleted our supply of the AJPM back issues below. If you have spare copies, please be so kind as to send them to our offices—made attention to Wanda Manson. Thanks for your assistance in rebuilding our library.
- Volume 1, number 2 – March/April 1985
- Volume 1, number 3 – May/June 1985
- Volume 2, number 4 – July/August 1986
- Volume 7, number 1 – January/February 1991
- Volume 14, number 4 – May 1998
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Office of Smoking and Health – ACPM and 39 other organizations signed on to a letter urging Congress to reject a 50% cut to CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health (OSH). The organizations request Congress to appropriate $210 million for FY 2017. These funds will support OSH’s activities aimed at preventing tobacco use among youth while helping adult tobacco users quit.
FDA – ACPM and 12 other organizations sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject a provision in the House Appropriations bill that would weaken Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products.
Correctional Healthcare – Dr. Sylvie Stacy represents ACPM on the National Commission for Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) Board of Directors to improve quality of healthcare in jails, prisons and juvenile confinements. Recently the state of New York has proposed to use its Medicaid funding in order to cover health care services for individuals just after release from incarceration. This would be the first use of Medicaid funding for this purpose and would likely serve as a precedent for other states. Public comments on this request are being accepted until November 20th. NCCHC is also planning to develop a joint position on breast feeding programs for incarcerated women and their infants with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Corporate Roundtable Spotlight
Peer-Reviewed Study Demonstrates Omada Program Helps Seniors Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease
In October, ACPM Silver-Level Corporate Roundtable member Omada Health announced the publication of a study demonstrating its program’s effectiveness with individuals 65 and older. Published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, the published research contained data from more than 1,100 senior participants in the Omada program. Those participants started the Omada program, with an average age of 69 years old and BMI of 32.5 kg/m2.
Six months after beginning the Omada program, 89.5% of participants in the study completed at least nine of 16 lessons. Twenty-six weeks after beginning the Omada Program, average weight loss for program completers was 7.3%, while average weight loss for all participants was 6.8%. Estimated savings from the population included in the study were $1,770 over three years per participant, with additional savings accumulating over the next decade.
"This study validates what our team has known for a while: that American seniors can—and will—reduce their risk of chronic disease by engaging with a properly designed digital health intervention," said Omada co-founder and CEO Sean Duffy. "The evidence from this study shows that the Omada program delivers clinically-meaningful health outcomes and significant savings for those 65 and older. This publication is a demonstration of our company’s values in action." To read the full news release please visit Omada program helps seniors reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. To learn more about Omada please visit Omada Health.