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ACPM Headlines 5/24/13
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Top Stories

1. Women in their 40s continue routine mammograms

2. ACPM weighs in on latest COGME report

3. ASPH announces name change to reflect expanded mission

ACPM News

4. ACPM comments on NIH Office of Disease Prevention strategic plan

5. Last call to renew your ACPM membership for 2013!

6. ACPM now accepting FACPM applications

Policy and Practice

7. Community Guide update: reducing out-of-pocket costs for CVD patients

8. Latest releases from the USPSTF

9. HHS announces action to improve safety and quality of child care

Research and Reports

10. Studies confirm population-based efforts to reduce sodium intake

11. 4 of 5 adults have smoke-free homes and vehicles

12. Health care quality improving, but disparities and access still a problem

Announcements

13. HHS announces $1 billion to fund next round of innovation awards

14. Members in the news: Frank, Wheat

Top Stories

1. WOMEN IN THEIR 40’s CONTINUE ROUTINE MAMMOGRAMS

New research from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that women in their 40s have continued to seek routine breast cancer screenings, despite 2009 U.S. Preventive Service Task Force guidelines that recommend otherwise.

Data was analyzed from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys administered in 2006, 2008 and 2010 by state health departments nationwide. Data collected from 484,296 women ages 40 to 74 showed that 52 percent of women in their 40s and 62 percent of women ages 50 to 74 reported having a mammogram in the past year in 2010, after the new recommendations had been in effect, compared to 53 percent of younger women and 65 percent of older women in 2006 and 2008.

USPTF recommendations advise that women ages 50-74 should undergo mammograms every two years, while those ages 40-49 without a family history of breast cancer should discuss risks and benefits of routine screenings with their physicians based on individual needs and medical history.

2. ACPM URGES COGME TO INCLUDE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AS A PRIORITY SPECIALTY

ACPM has submitted official comments to the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) calling on COGME to recognize Preventive Medicine as a "high-priority specialty” as the nation considers future physician workforce needs. Submitted by ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry, the letter was sent in response to the release of COGME’s draft 21st report, "Improving Value in Graduate Medical Education.”

In the letter Mr. Barry noted that, "More than any other specialty, Preventive Medicine, with its focus on improving the health of populations, aligns with the current thrust of health system reform that is shifting emphasis from fee-for-service payment systems to accountable care organizations and payment mechanisms tied to quality improvement.”

Recognition by COGME of the need to prioritize Preventive Medicine would represent a significant boost to ACPM’s advocacy efforts to secure additional funding for preventive medicine residency training programs. COGME is expected to finalize its report by the end of May.

3. ASPH ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE TO REFLECT EXPANDED MISSION

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) has announced it will change its name, effective August 1, 2013, to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to reflect its recently expanded scope. The name change was decided by the founding members of the new organization, which represents the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health, following an open and collaborative process to ensure broad input into the decision.

Next steps are to develop a new tagline and logo to highlight the goals and objectives of ASPPH. Founding members will remain closely involved as these branding tools and the governance structure are developed.

ACPM News

4. ACPM COMMENTS ON NIH OFFICE OF DISEASE PREVENTION STRATEGIC PLAN

ACPM has submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) regarding its 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. The mission of the ODP is to increase the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research by the National Institutes of Health.

While this office was formally established in 1986, this is the first ODP strategic plan.

ACPM’s comments, prepared by members of the ACPM Graduate Medical Education (GME) Committee, noted that we "recommend that ODP emphasize a prevention research agenda that focuses on projects that effectively translate science into practice. Since traditional clinical models (largely one-on-one patient counseling) have been unsuccessful in achieving behavior change, ODP should give special attention to new models for promoting healthy behaviors, as well as established and proven models, such as those that effectively decreased tobacco use.”

ACPM greatly appreciates GME Committee members Linda Hill, MD, MPH, FACPM, Peter Pendergrass, MD, MPH, and Charlotte Wheeler, MD, MPH for their work on this effort.

5. LAST CALL TO RENEW YOUR ACPM MEMBERSHIP FOR 2013

Thank you to all ACPM members who have renewed your membership with ACPM for 2013. If you have not renewed, there is still time to ensure you remain on ACPM’s membership roster, and continue receiving valuable member benefits.

Why renew? Simply put, the support of our members is integral to ACPM’s efforts to help advance the practice and specialty of preventive medicine. Your annual dues contribute to the development of quality programming, continuing education, networking events, advocacy efforts, and many more programs and services that can help support your career advancement and promote the value of preventive medicine within a reformed health system.

Renew your membership today to ensure you continue receiving reduced rates on meeting registration, CME and/or MOC credit discounts, networking and service opportunities, and subscriptions to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and ACPM Headlines.

Simply visit our website and login with your user name and password to renew. Can’t recall your user name or password? You can reset your user name and password online, if you are using the same email as when you first registered on the site. Or, simply contact Camille Sanders, ACPM’s Membership Manager, at csanders@acpm.org or 202-466-2044 ext. 104 for assistance.

6. ACPM NOW ACCEPTING FACPM APPLICATIONS FOR JUNE DEADLINE

Interested in becoming an ACPM Fellow? The ACPM Membership Committee currently is accepting applications for consideration through June 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM (Eastern). Fellows are elected by the College’s Membership Committee after thorough review and consideration of candidate applications. ACPM’s Fellowship application process is completely electronic. Please do not mail or fax information.

Complete applications will include a fellowship points form (used to outline your credentials, experience, volunteerism, etc.), documentation to support the achievements outlined on your points form, and the non-refundable $50 application fee. Candidates will be notified of the membership committee’s decisions in mid-June. Review the requirements and apply online today.

Policy and Practice

7. FROM THE COMMUNITY GUIDE: REDUCING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR CVD PATIENTS

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), a group of independent public health and prevention-focused experts providing findings and recommendations for The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide), has found strong scientific evidence supporting reduced out-of-pocket medication expenses for helping patients control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The Task Force recommends combining reductions in medication costs with medication counseling and patient education to improve patient medication adherence, blood pressure and cholesterol outcomes.

8. LATEST RELEASES FROM THE USPSTF

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently has released five publications, ranging from draft research plans open to public comment to final recommendations. Information and links to each of these publications are noted below. Research plans outline the framework USPSTF will use to guide their systematic review and provide recommendations on a specific topic.

9. HHS ANNOUNCES ACTION TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND QUALITY OF CHILD CARE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule that would strengthen state, territorial, and tribal standards for health, safety, and school readiness for children in child care programs funded by the Child Care and Development Fund. Currently these standards vary by location and estimates indicate that nearly 10 percent of these funds are used to support children who are cared for in unregulated centers and homes. HHS is accepting comments on the proposed rule at www.Regulations.gov until August 5, 2013.

Research and Reports

10. STUDIES SUPPORT POPULATION-BASED EFFORTS TO LOWER EXESSIVE DIETARY SODIUM

Recent studies that examine links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

In Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence, a report commissioned by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the IOM reports on its examination of the design, methodology and conclusions of research studies focused on dietary sodium intake and health outcomes in the United States. The report examines sodium intake by the U.S. population on a variety of health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gastric cancer, and mortality.

11. FOUR OUT OF FIVE ADULTS HAVE SMOKE-FREE HOMES AND VEHICLES

Four out of 5 U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and 3 out of 4 report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study. The study, published in the latest issue of CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease, analyzed data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey and is the first to present estimates of smoke-free rules and secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles among U.S. adults. Survey respondents were classified as having smoke-free rules if they never allow smoking inside their homes or vehicles.

Despite the high prevalence of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles, the study found that almost 11 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in their home, and almost 17 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in a vehicle. The study also contains state-by-state data showing the highest prevalence of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles occurred mostly in states with comprehensive smoke-free laws and longstanding tobacco control programs.

For more information on CDC’s activities in smoking and tobacco use, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/ or contact Jennifer Greaser at JGreaser@cdc.gov.

12. HEALTH CARE QUALITY IMPROVING, BUT ACCESS IS GETTING WORSE

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published its 2012 National Healthcare Quality Report and 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report, finding that health care quality is improving overall, but access is getting worse. For minority and low-income populations these reports find health care quality and access are still significant barriers to appropriate health care.

These annual reports measure the trends in effectiveness, timeliness, and efficiency of care, as well as patient safety, and patient-centered care. The findings are designed to provide health care and public health professionals with the latest information on the quality and accessibility of health care services.

Announcements

13. HHS ANNOUNCES $1 BILLION TO FUND NEXT ROUND OF INNOVATION AWARDS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes.

Under this announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will fund projects that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP enrollees. Interested organizations may submit non-binding letters of intent to apply from June 1 until June 18, and applications will be accepted from June 14 until August 15.

14. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: FRANK, WHEAT

Erica Frank, MD, MPH, FACPM, has announced the launch of a new service, NextGenU.org, the world’s first free online portal, where anyone, anywhere in the world can access university- and graduate-level courses for interest or for credit through accredited institutions and organizations. Dr. Frank serves as Founder, President, and Executive Director of NextGenU, which offers three medical/public health and environmental courses, and is poised to grow full schools of public health and medicine. NextGenU is a collaboration with leading accredited universities, professional societies, and government co-sponsors, as well as funders, including Grand Challenges Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. All courses are competency-based, and include knowledge transfer through online, expert-created, and expert-certified resources, along with guided opportunities to observe and practice skills with local mentors and a web-based global peer community of practice.

Deirdre Wheat, MD, MPH, MMedSci, PCME has been inducted in the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Gamma Lambda Chapter, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo. She is among 21 other graduating students, members of the faculty, alumni/alumnae, or honorary new inductees in this, the first year in which this chapter has been activated following approval by the National Office. Dr. Wheat works as an inpatient attending physician in internal medicine and preventive medicine in Buffalo. Dr. Wheat is a member of faculty of both the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and the Behling Simulation Center at University at Buffalo.


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