|ACPM Headlines 3/16/15 - Conference Edition|
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Policy and Practice
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1. ACPM’S CAMPAIGN TO SECURE $10 MILLION FOR PMR TRAINING PROGRAMS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
2. BLUMENTHAL TAKES OFFICE AS ACPM PRESIDENT
Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, has become ACPM’s 45th President, taking the reins from Dr. Halley Faust on Saturday, February 25, at ACPM’s Annual Awards and New Fellows Banquet in Atlanta, Georgia (the city that Dr. Blumenthal calls home and worked for most of his career). Dr. Blumenthal is Professor Emeritus at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta GA, and former Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Associate Dean for Community Health at Morehouse. He also was the Founding Chair of Morehouse’s Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine from 1984-2009.
Dr. Blumenthal has been a Fellow of the College since 1987, serving ACPM in many capacities over that time. Currently, he represents ACPM and Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) on the AJPM Board of Governors, was elected and served as ACPM’s General Preventive Medicine Regent from 2006 to 2010, and served on ACPM’s Graduate Medical Education Committee from 2000 to 2005. Among his many recognitions and awards in the field, he has received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2005, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in 2009, and the Duncan Clark Award from APTR in 2010.
In his inaugural speech, Dr. Blumenthal unveiled the theme for his presidency: "The Power of Prevention.” This theme, which will be captured during the Preventive Medicine 2016 conference in Washington, DC, will emphasize the power of prevention to improve individual health, improve community health, reduce and eliminate health disparities, and change the world. He highlighted his goals and strategies for expanding ACPM’s membership, building partnerships with like-minded organizations, assuring ACPM’s financial stability, partnering with colleagues around the world, growing ACPM’s corporate partners, and strengthening ACPM’s policy influence in Washington, DC.
3. THE RESULTS ARE IN: CONGRATULATIONS TO ACPM’S ELECTION WINNERS
At its recent Preventive Medicine 2015 conference ACPM announced the winners of this year’s elections to the ACPM Board of Regents:
Congratulations to the winners, as well as all of this year’s outstanding nominees! And thanks to all ACPM members who took the time vote.
ACPM also would like to recognize and thank its outgoing Board members—Past President Miriam Alexander, Public Health/General Preventive Medicine Regent Liana Lianov, Mid-Atlantic Regent Jamie Mancuso, International Regent Elliot Rosenberg, and Young Physician Regent Katrina Rhodes—for their tremendous leadership, service, and contributions to the College.
For a full ACPM Board listing and information on each Board member, please visit http://www.acpm.org/?BORMain.
During the Choosing Wisely conference session, participants were introduced to the evidence behind each of these recommendations and invited to participate in breakout groups analyzing the rationale behind specific recommendations. ACPM plans to develop a detailed two-pager on Recommendation #1 in partnership with Consumer Reports and a separate accompanying manuscript on all five recommendations for publication in AJPM.
5. BOARD ADOPTS AMENDED BYLAWS, AMONG OTHER ACTIONS
The ACPM Board of Regents at its recent business meetings held in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2015 adopted a revised set of bylaws for the College. The new set of bylaws accomplishes several important changes for the organization.
First, it refines ACPM’s membership categories (Article II), splitting its Emeritus member category into one category for Emeritus Fellows and one category for retired members who are not fellows; eliminating the Affiliate category; and tweaking the Associate Member category. Second, it fully codifies the governance changes made by the Board over the past two years (Article IV). Finally, it encodes prior changes adopted by the Board to ACPM’s committee structure (Article IX) as well as its component society and academy structure (Article X). Other minor changes were made throughout the document to ensure accuracy, currency, and internal consistency with the Articles of Incorporation and other governance documents.
Among other actions taken by the Board in Atlanta, it adopted a new checklist for vetting ACPM business opportunities, as well as a new policy supporting the use of abuse-deterrent technology by manufacturers of pain medication. The Board also focused its strategic "spotlight discussion” on considering "The ACPM of the Future.” During this segment the Board reviewed the composition of ACPM’s current membership, speculated what the future composition might look like, and vetted ideas for improving ACPM’s annual meeting series.
For more information on the Board’s actions and deliberations, contact ACPM executive director Mike Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-466-2044 x106.
On behalf of the leadership, membership and staff of ACPM, we say thank you to all of our generous donors who contributed to the Your Gift Matters campaign, which concluded with Preventive Medicine 2015. "It is with great appreciation and gratitude that ACPM recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to ACPM,” said Immediate Past-President Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM. "When you invest in ACPM you invest in your future and the future of the specialty of preventive medicine.” Close to $200,000 was raised over the course of the two-year campaign.
We also want to recognize ACPM members who either joined or maintained their membership in the Preventive Medicine Leadership Society (PMLS) with a gift(s) in 2014 and/or 2015. The PMLS recognizes donors who support the College with a gift of $500 or more per year. "Members of the Preventive Medicine Leadership Society,” said ACPM President Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM, "tend to be those members most committed to the growth and long-term sustainability of the College. We are extremely grateful for their support.”
Want to support ACPM? Consider making a donation today to the ACPM Annual Fund today by visiting: Donate to ACPM. If you have a question about ACPM fundraising, please contact Maureen Simmons, Chief Development Officer, at email@example.com.
7. ACPM ADOPTS POLICY ENCOURAGING ABUSE DETERRENT TECHNOLOGY
The ACPM Board of Regents approved a resolution at its meeting during Preventive Medicine 2015 supporting use of abuse deterrent technology by manufacturers of pain medications. This new technology, now recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bolsters the tools available to combat misuse of prescription pain medications by preventing the alteration of pills into a powder form.
ACPM Corporate Roundtable member Purdue Pharma is recognized as one of the early adopters of this technology, as it works to address the misuse and abuse of opioids. Purdue Pharma recently sponsored a series of articles in The Atlantic called "A Delicate Balance" that discusses the challenges of treating pain and stopping prescription drug abuse.
Separately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published two reports, Drug-Poisoning Deaths Involving Heroin: United States, 2000 – 2013 and Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use Among Adults: United States, 1999–2012 that provide valuable information on opioid and heroin use in the United States.
ACPM is working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to organize an April 7 briefing, titled "Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Bridging Personal and Population Health.” The briefing will highlight innovative workplace wellness programs, explore strategies to influence behavior change, and examine how implementation of the Affordable Care Act is impacting public health.
Several ACPM representatives including ACPM president-elect Bob Carr, MD, MPH, FACPM, ACPM member Jonathan Ballard, MD, MPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Mike Barry, CAE, ACPM executive director, are slated to speak at the event to be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
9. ACPM PARTICIPATES IN ASPIRIN COUNCIL MEETING
ACPM was an active participant in the Council of Aspirin for Health and Prevention’s annual meeting in La Jolla, CA, in February. Convened by the Partnership for Prevention, the Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention (Council) is an autonomous, multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals dedicated to fostering the appropriate use of aspirin to improve health. ACPM Fellow Randall Stafford, Fellow Emeritus George Anderson, and member Fred Miser are charter members of the Council.
ACPM executive director Mike Barry attended the meeting in La Jolla and provided a "Partner Update,” providing an overview of ACPM’s strategic direction and initiatives, reviewing ACPM’s past work on aspirin utilization, and exploring future collaboration with the Council. In addition to a variety of scientific presentations by experts in the field, the Council reviewed its new web site, The Aspirin Project, and showed a new video promoting the site and the work of the Council.
ACPM launched its first inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Symposium as a pre-conference event prior to the start of Preventive Medicine 2015. Participants were among the first cohort to take the initial segment of a comprehensive course that will serve as the foundation for elevating the practice of lifestyle medicine among physicians across the country as well as for recognition and future certification in the field.
The symposium covered the 15 physician lifestyle medicine competencies identified by an ACPM-convened national blue ribbon panel and published in JAMA. The competencies focus on the clinic processes that will ensure delivery of effective lifestyle interventions for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. ACPM, in conjunction with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, will be releasing a 30-hour CME lifestyle medicine curriculum later this year that will be available on ACPM’s e-learning platform. Click here for more information on ACPM’s lifestyle medicine programs.
Policy and Practice
11. ACA INITIATIVE BUILDS ON SUCCESS OF ACOs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center: the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery. Propelled by the Affordable Care Act, ACOs encourage quality improvement and care coordination, helping to move our health care system to one that achieves the Triple Aim goals of better care, reduced spending, and healthier people.
"The Next Generation ACO Model … is an important step towards advancing models of care that reward value over volume in care delivery,” according to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Burwell writes in the New England Journal of Medicine about her plans to tie 90 percent of fee-for-service payments to quality measures and make 50 percent of all payments through alternative care models by 2018.
12. NATIONAL ADULT IMMUNIZATION PLAN RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
13. CDC RELEASES REPORT ON SECONDHAND SMOKE EXPOSURE
On February 6th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examining health disparities for secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. "Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke—United States, 1999-2012,” discusses that despite a significant decrease in the prevalence of SHS exposure in nonsmokers, disparities exist among children aged 3-11 years, non-Hispanic blacks, and populations living below the poverty level or in rental housing. As a result, the study authors recommend policies that eliminate smoking in indoor spaces to protect nonsmokers from SHS exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new study finding that Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year. Now considered a major driver in infectious disease deaths and the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals, the bacteria causes an inflammation of the colon and deadly diarrhea.
Those at high risk for this infection include patients who take antibiotics, especially those in the inpatient setting, and older adults, especially those in a nursing home setting. The majority of deaths associated with C. difficile occur in the elderly. The CDC study reports that one out of every five patients with a healthcare-associated C. difficile infection experienced a recurrence of the infection and one out of every nine patients aged 65 or older with a healthcare-associated C. difficile infection died within 30 days of diagnosis.
15. ESSENTIALS OF PAIN MEDICINE CONFERENCE CONVENES NEXT WEEK NEAR D.C.
"Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain: What You Need to Know at the Front Line of Pain Medicine” is being held March 18-19, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. Sponsored by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the course provides:
Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain™ is designed for clinicians interested in obtaining an overview of the fundamentals of pain medicine and learning practical approaches for the treatment of common pain disorders. The course offers clinically focused lectures on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with various acute, cancer, end-of-life, and chronic pain syndromes. Click here for more information about the course and how to register.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking Occupational Health and Safety Specialists to serve in multiple duty stations across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These temporary appointments, for a minimum of three months, will provide surge capacity to WHO Outbreak Response Teams.
Successful applicants will provide advice for protecting occupational health and safety in WHO operated/led workplaces, produce policies in relation to Ebola response, and carry out risk assessments, among other duties. Qualifications include an advanced level degree in nursing, medicine, hygiene, or public health with specific training in occupational health and safety or infection prevention and control. In addition, all applicants should have at least seven years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating occupational health and safety policies in developing country settings. Applications will be accepted until June 25, 2015.
Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, past president of ACPM, has taken a new position as Medical Director at Occupational Health Greenwich Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Alexander is overseeing two clinics that provide occupational health and wellness to over 100 employers that range from hospital employees, manufacturing, retail, and municipal unionized workers. She will oversee up to seven corporate health units at large employers. She also is providing medical direction to the population health initiatives of the Yale-New Haven health system in the Southern Connecticut/New York area. Congratulations Dr. Alexander!
Accredited residency programs in public health and preventive medicine (including combined programs) and occupational medicine are eligible to apply for American Cancer Society funding. These awards support the training of physicians in preventive medicine with an emphasis on cancer prevention and control and are renewable. Four-year grants provide a total of $300,000 based on an average of $50,000 per resident training year. Deadline: April 1, 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/index.