|ACPM Headlines 3/22/13|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM URGES OMB TO INCLUDE FULL FUNDING FOR NVDRS IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET
ACPM, as chair of the National Violence Prevention Network, met with officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to urge for inclusion of the $20 million funding increase for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) proposed in Vice President Biden’s "Now is the Time to do Something About Gun Violence” report. Vice President Biden recommended nationwide implementation of the NVDRS program to help expand the public health research base on firearm use. Paul Bonta, ACPM’s associate executive director for policy, advocacy and external affairs, shared success stories from a handful of the 18 states that currently participate in NVDRS and noted the strong public health utility and value of the NVDRS surveillance program.
Administered by CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, NVDRS is a state-based surveillance program that collects data on the how, when and why violent deaths occur.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the 2013 County Health Rankings, confirming the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. The rankings rate the health of nearly every county in the nation and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor's office. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
ACPM is accepting applications from preventive medicine physicians interested in pursuing a great opportunity to gain experience in clinical risk management through participation in a two-year fellowship program at Merck headquarters in North Whales, PA. The goals of the program are to expose preventive medicine physicians to various aspects of global product safety in a major pharmaceutical company and to provide direct training and experience in how pharmaceutical manufacturers use data to support research, development, adoption, and utilization of products. The fellowship includes a highly competitive annual salary.
Several fellowship positions are now open! For more information or to apply please contact Paul Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. AJPM: A SOURCE FOR CME/MOC CREDITS
Are you a reader of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)? Did you know AJPM offers two CME articles per month? The March 2013 articles are now available for your review:
To read the articles and claim CME, visit the AJPM website page. These articles also are eligible for maintenance of certification credit (MOC). If you wish to claim MOC credits for these articles, please forward a copy of your CME certificate to ACPM at email@example.com. Credits will be reported to the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) directly. Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for the credits to appear on the ABPM website.
Past AJPM articles are also available for CME & MOC credits. To see a listing of past AJPM articles click here. To learn more about CME/MOC opportunities, visit the ACPM Educational Modules page and start earning CME & MOC today.
The 26th Annual American College of Preventive Medicine Board Review Course (August 17-21) offers Preventive Medicine physicians not only the most comprehensive, in-person course to prepare for your Board certification exam—with comprehensive resources and dynamic, expert faculty—but also the chance to take a giant leap toward completing your ABPM MOC program requirements.
☑ Part I-Earn about 40 CME credit hours for maintaining your medical license(s)!
☑ Part II-Complete about 118 MOC self-assessment credit questions, and learn how you can earn even more credits with ACPM.
☑ Part III-Prepare for the Board Exam and stay ahead of the game. The ACPM Board Review Course is the only in-person, comprehensive course covering the full exam content outline, with resources, expert faculty, and specialty breakouts for PH/GPM, Aerospace Medicine, and Occupational Medicine.
☑ Part IV-ACPM & ABPM staff will be available to discuss the MOC Part IV Practice Performance Assessment process and resources.
Additionally, ABPM staff will be on-site to answer your Maintenance of Certification questions, including a luncheon presentation and Q&A session with the ABPM Executive Director, Dr. William Greaves. For additional information, please visit the Board Review Course website. You may also contact Haydee Barno, ACPM’s Director of Meetings and Education, with questions about MOC requirements.
ACPM’s membership database and social media portal, Your Membership (YM), is your one-stop shop for making the most of your membership. YM provides members with the opportunity to create an individual profile, which lists professional background, interests and other information. Using this profile as a platform, ACPM members may connect and network through groups, blogs, and chats.
To begin using YM, simply login to the members-only section of ACPM’s website with your username and password, select the option to "Manage Profile” and "Edit Bio.” Keeping your information current allows for enhanced networking, but also ensures you continue to receive ACPM publications, updates about your membership and professional development programs, information about service opportunities, and MUCH MORE!
Stay connected to ACPM, and make the most of your membership! Visit the ACPM website today to ensure your member profile is current. Contact Camille Sanders, ACPM Membership Manager, for assistance.
ACPM's Resident Physician Section (RPS) and Medical Student Section (MSS) are now accepting nominations for available leadership positions. Nominations are accepted until Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:00pm (ET).
If you are a member of either section and interested in becoming more involved in ACPM, representing the interests of your colleagues, and developing leadership skills, we encourage you to submit your CV and Statement of Interest today. Sample templates are available online. Visit the RPS or MSS election webpage today!
8. TASK FORCE RELEASES DRAFT STATEMENT ON SCREENING FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSFT) has issued for public comment a draft recommendation statement on screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment with ankle brachial index (ABI) in adults, concluding that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for PAD and CVD risk assessment with ankle brachial index in adults (an I statement). The USPSTF found no evidence that screening for and treatments of PAD in asymptomatic patients result in clinically important benefits and found no studies addressing the magnitude of harms of screening for PAD with ABI.
The draft recommendation is based on a draft evidence report, which also is available for public comment. Both the draft recommendation statement and the draft evidence report are available for public comment through April 15, 2013.
The AMA is currently seeking nominations for membership on its AMA Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides input to the CPT Editorial Panel, which meets three times a year to discuss issues associated with new and emerging technologies as well as difficulties encountered with procedures and services and their relation to CPT codes. Nominees should have direct experience in billing CPT codes to Medicare and/or Medicaid with strong interest or experience in health care financing issues. Interested nominees should submit a statement of interest and current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a letter sent by the National Association of Attorneys General on March 11, 2013, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and 47 other state and territorial attorneys general (AG’s) urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt standards that require manufacturers and marketers of generic prescription painkillers to develop tamper- and abuse-resistant versions of their products. Expressing concern that generic versions of extended-release opioid prescription drugs and other non-tamper-resistant products may reach the market and lead to abuse, the AG’s asked the FDA to assure availability of generic versions of prescription pain relievers that have physical and chemical features that deter abuse.
In the letter, the AG’s note that such products could be "part of a comprehensive approach which should include prevention, interdiction, prosecution and substance-abuse treatment.” The letter comes at a time of nationwide rise of prescription drug abuse, with prescription pain relievers being among the most commonly abused drugs.
Visit http://www.acpm.org/?UseMisuse_Launch for an ACPM Time Tool on this topic.
View ACPM's webinar on "Responding to a Public Health Crisis: Tools to Counsel on Opioid Use, Misuse, and Abuse."
11. REPORT FINDS SWEET DRINKS LEAD TO HIGHER CALORIC CONSUMPTION IN KIDS
A report scheduled for publication in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) finds that children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages consume more calories than other children and the beverages are the main reason for that higher calorie intake. Additionally, researchers found children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages tend to eat more unhealthy foods than other children.
Researchers analyzed data from about 11,000 U.S. children, aged 2 to 18, who were included in national surveys between 2003 and 2010. Children's consumption of food and sugar-sweetened beverages increased, while they drank fewer non-sweetened beverages. Further analysis revealed that sugar-sweetened beverages were the primary cause of the increased calorie intake seen among children aged 2 to 11. Both food and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to increased calorie intake among children aged 12 to 18.
To view the report, visit AJPM’s website, or look for it in the April issue mailed to you.
A new study finds that people who regularly consume processed meats are more likely to die prematurely than individuals who don't regularly eat those foods.
The study, published in the European journal BMC Medicine, follows a 2012 Harvard University study that found people who ate just 1.5 ounces of red meat daily were more likely to die early deaths than people who ate less than that. The latest study, which chronicled more than 500,000 people from 10 European countries, found those who ate the most processed meats (including ham, bacon, sausages, and ready-to-eat packaged meats) were most likely to die prematurely.
People who consumed the most processed and red meats had the lowest fruit and vegetable intake and were also more likely to be current smokers. The authors say that after correcting for these lifestyle differences, people who eat processed meat are still more likely to die prematurely than those who do not, but they did not observe an increased risk of mortality for participants who ate large amounts of red meat. In the original Harvard University study, the researchers considered all processed meats to be red meats.
To view the full study, visit BMC Medicine’s website.
New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that a diabetes prevention program led by community health workers is effective at long-term reduction of blood glucose and, potentially, diabetes.
The study, published in March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is the first to successfully replicate results achieved by the Diabetes Prevention Project (DPP). DPP was a research a study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which demonstrated several years ago that lifestyle weight-loss interventions can reduce the incidence of diabetes by 58 percent.
The research team examined the effects of a 24-month lifestyle weight-loss program (LWL) in 301 overweight or obese participants with elevated fasting blood glucose, a common indicator of pre-diabetes. Results indicated significant reductions achieved in body weight, BMI, waist circumference, fasting blood glucose, insulin and insulin resistance during the first year of the program, which largely were maintained in the second year.
To view the study, visit the AJPM website.
14. ODPHP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR LUTHER TERRY FELLOWSHIP
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is accepting applications for the Luther Terry Fellowship for preventive medicine physicians interested in gaining direct health policy experience at the federal level.
The 2013 Luther Terry Senior Fellow will serve as a Senior Clinical Advisor with ODPHP for a term of one year. The Luther Terry Senior Fellow will receive intensive experience in a health policy setting while providing ODPHP with technical expertise in support of federal prevention policies and programs. This fellowship provides a critical link between ODPHP and the medical and public health communities and offers a physician valuable experience in health policy development and implementation. The fellow will be engaged with specific projects that support ODPHP, the Department of Health and Human Services as a whole, and the broader public health and prevention communities.
The 2013 application cycle is open through April 15, 2013. For more information on applying and eligibility, please visit the ODPHP Fellowship Website.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking a medical officer to help staff the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Medical Officers at AHRQ work closely with the USPSTF to provide technical assistance in the recommendations of preventive services provided in primary care settings. This work includes drafting recommendations, overseeing the evidence reviews that are used by the USPSTF, assisting in the coordination of USPSTF meetings, and serving as a peer reviewer for the USPSTF evidence reviews and products. Skills required include the ability to manage, analyze, evaluate and interpret clinical research. Knowledge of epidemiology, clinical prevention, and evidence-based medicine are also needed, along with strong written and oral communication skills.
If interested please send a statement of interest and current CV to email@example.com. The vacancy will close on April 12.