|ACPM Headlines 4/8/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM CO-SPONSORS JOURNAL BRIEFING ON BEHAVIORAL INFORMATICS
ACPM and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) are among the co-sponsors of an April 26 media briefing that will highlight two newly released special journal issues—including anAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)supplement—devoted to the topics of behavioral informatics for health and the fast-evolving consumer and professional health IT landscape. The event,Behavioral Informatics for Health, will be held at the National Press Club. Other co-sponsors are the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the journals AJPM and Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research (TBM); the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The briefing will feature two expert panels that will address efforts to speed the adoption and effective use of health IT to improve the quality of care and medical information available to consumers seeking to better navigate the health care system. One panel will include ACPM representativeHelga Rippen,MD, PhD, MPH, FACPM,Chief Health Information Officer & Vice President, Center for Health Information Technology, WESTAT; and APTR representative Dr. W. Ed Hammond, Director, Duke University Center for Health Informatics.
Behavioral Informatics for Health will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. College members and others interested in the topic are invited to attend a free live webcast of the event, to be available at www.behavioralinformatics.org.
A new set of reports released March 30 rank the overall health of nearly every county in the nation, confirming for the second year the critical role factors such as education, jobs, income, environment and access to health care play in how healthy people are and how long they live.
Published online at www.countyhealthrankings.orgby the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the County Health Rankings look at a variety of measures affecting health, such as high school graduation rates, access to healthier foods, air pollution levels, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. The Rankings allow people to see how their county compares with others in their state and against national benchmarks in areas like diabetes screening rates or number of uninsured adults, and makes it possible for leaders in all sectors to identify gaps and work together to develop solutions.
For more information on the rankings, please visit: http://ow.ly/4wskM.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently reaffirmed its 2004 recommendation against screening for testicular cancer in adult and adolescent males, giving it a grade "D” recommendation. With a grade of "D”, the USPSTF discourages the use of screening for testicular cancer following a review of the scientific evidence indicating that screening by a clinician or self-examination is unlikely to offer meaningful health benefits. Testicular cancer is relatively rare (5.4 cases per 100,000), and regardless of disease stage at detection, greater than 90% of cases are cured.
To view the final recommendation, please visit http://bit.ly/hObtcF.
4. ACPM WORKS TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH CDC
ACPM senior staff Mike Barry and Paul Bonta recently spent a day in Atlanta meeting with leaders from several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) centers and offices in an effort to forge new collaborative relationships with key parts of the agency. The day’s itinerary included meetings with senior leaders at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Injury Prevention and Control Center, the Office of Prevention Through Healthcare, and the Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office. ACPM also recently held a teleconference with the director of the Division of Diabetes Translation.
Each meeting identified important areas of synergy between ACPM’s mission and strategic priorities and those of the CDC centers and offices with whom the College met. ACPM will continue to pursue several potential collaborative ideas that emerged from the meetings, beginning with follow-up meetings being planned in Atlanta for April 21.
ACPM has made available on its web site a directory that lists the names of all current ACPM Fellows. Located at www.acpm.org/FellowshipDirectory.htm, the directory allows ACPM members as well as outside groups to verify whether a physician is an ACPM Fellow. To obtain further profile information about a specific Fellow, ACPM members can search the full ACPM membership directory located in the Members Only section of the website. Outside searchers should contact the ACPM Membership Department for more information.
The latest ACPM Perspectives in Prevention column,The Value of "Greening” Your Practice, by David Wallinga, MD, MPA, is now available for CME on Medscape/WebMD. The article focuses on two critical environmental issues with important health consequences remaining largely unaddressed: the daily exposure of people to complex combinations of toxic chemicals, and the existence of an unhealthy and "obesogenic" food environment. The article provides ways clinicians can help prevent future diseases linked to these problems by offering ways clinicians can "green" their practices and approaches to patients' health.
To read the full article and access other archived articles, please visit http://www.acpm.org/perspectives.htm.
ACPM is pleased to announce the winners of the ACPM Resident Physician Section (RPS) Governing Council elections:
Last year's President,Samuel Peik, MD, will continue to assist the Council in an advisory capacity. In addition to Dr. Peik, the College would like to extend a hearty "Thank you!" to the previous Governing Council,Jordana Rothschild,M. Christine David,Clarence Lam, andCharles Preston.
The new Council already has met via conference call, and is excited to get to work. To learn more about the new Council, please visit http://www.acpm.org/?RPS_Officers.
Congratulations to all the winners!
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine Board of Governors held a recent teleconference at which it approved a comprehensive work plan and budget proposed by theAJPMeditorial office to implement key strategies and objectives from the Journal’s recent strategic planning session.
The Boardsupported theeditorial office’s plan to "engage a small new team of health and medical professionals to helpAJPMwork toward its goal of becoming the "go-to” destination for scientific publishing and professional communication in preventive medicine and public health; tobrandAJPMas the premiere outlet for online information on the policy, practice, education, and science of preventive medicine; and to fully embrace the opportunities that online publishing and communications tools and technology provideAJPMto maximize its substantial editorial excellence, market presence, professional and media visibility, and global reach.”
ACPM thanks its representatives for their service on the AJPM Board of Governors: Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH, FACPM(Chairman); Michael Compton , MD, MPH, FACPM; Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM; Linda Kinsinger, MD, MPH, FACPM; and Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, MS.
9. CMS RELEASES PROPOSED REGULATION TO CREATE "ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS”
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed regulation creating the Medicare Shared Savings Program, commonly referred to as the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The 60 day public comment period for the proposed regulation runs through June 6.
In its press release, CMS states "ACOs create incentives for health care providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The Medicare Shared Savings Program will reward ACOs that lower growth in health care costs while meeting performance standards on quality of care.”
ACPM will submit formal comments to CMS in response to the proposed regulation strongly urging ACOs rely on the expertise of preventive medicine physicians to ensure these new networks meet the dual goal of improved care and improved quality.
To view a draft of the proposed regulation, please visit http://bit.ly/f3bq8S.
10. ACPM URGES PRESIDENT TO OPPOSE ELIMINATION OF PREVENTION FUND
ACPM joined 54 public health stakeholder organizations in a sign-on letter to President Obama urging he "strongly oppose” efforts to eliminate the $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The Fund has become a target for increasing attacks by congressional Republicans who question the Fund’s intent and are eager to siphon the funds for non-public health uses. Legislation recently approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, HR 1217, would repeal the Fund by striking Section 4002 of the Affordable Care Act, the section authorizing and funding the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
To view a copy of the letter, please visit http://bit.ly/fXvhmi.
Videos by ACPM President Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, FellowDeborah Porterfield, MD, MPH, FACPM, and Preventive Medicine resident Charlie Preston, MD, MPH, were highlighted during a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC). The briefing explored how federal support for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII and Title VIII programs strengthens workforce development activities across the country. Title VII of the Public Health Service Act authorizes HRSA to fund Preventive Medicine residency training programs. ACPM has been an active member of HPNEC working to secure support for enhanced HRSA funding to expand support for Preventive Medicine residency training.
To view the videos, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/HPNEC1.
12. REPORT EXAMINES USE OF CLINICAL PREVENTIVE SERVICES AMONG OLDER ADULTS
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report, "Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap,” to raise awareness of crucial gaps that exist in utilization of clinical preventive services among older adults and the need for increased interventions that target older adults. The report, produced with input from the Administration on Aging, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, highlights state and national data that illustrate that many older adults do not receive recommended vaccinations, screenings, and other clinical preventive services.
Among the recommendations offered in the report are community efforts designed to build awareness and create environments that offer convenient access to clinical preventive services along with public policies that aim to increase access and utilization of such services.
To view the report, please visit http://1.usa.gov/f6O9Cu.
The Department of Health and Human Services has releasedHealth, United States, 2010, an annual report presenting national trends in health statistics. The report includes an at-a-glance table, highlights, 41 charts, and 148 detailed trend tables organized around four broad areas: health status and its determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures. This year's chart-book special feature is on death and dying.Health, United States, 2010is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new Strategic Plan for Obesity Research. Developed by the NIH Obesity Research Task Force, the plan is designed to help target efforts and resources in areas likely to have the greatest impact. The research recommendations include efforts to:
The Strategic Plan for Obesity Research can be reviewed at http://bit.ly/fch0vm.