|ACPM Headlines 7/6/12|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. SUPREME COURT DECISION PROTECTS PROPOSED FUNDING INCREASE FOR PMR PROGRAMS
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects the proposed FY 2013 funding increase of $2 million to expand the preventive medicine residency (PMR) training pipeline. The Supreme Court’s action validates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was tapped to provide the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) PMR line-item with an additional $2 million in its FY 2013 budget. ACPM will continue to seek opportunities to secure new funding for PMR programs despite the challenging federal budget environment.
For more information, contact Paul Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. ACPM BOARD ADOPTS STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
The ACPM Board of Regents during its recent summer teleconference adopted a detailed implementation plan designed to execute the priorities of the new ACPM strategic plan. The Board also set priorities among the 15 strategic objectives contained in the plan. The objectives receiving the highest priority were:
The implementation plan includes for each strategic objective: action steps for achieving the objective, performance measures, the lead committee or champion within ACPM accountable for the objective, a timeline, and an estimate of resource expenditure and possible source(s) of funding. The plan has been developed to guide ACPM committees and staff toward high impact activities and to create alignment of staffing, budgets, and other resources with those activities. The priority objectives will become the basis for a performance reporting "dashboard" to the Board and the membership.
The Board also took action on recommendations from the ACPM Finance Committee and Membership Committee to approve an across-the-board dues increase for members to be effective for the 2013 membership year—the first such increase in five years. Further communication about the increase will be forthcoming to the membership. For more information about the Board teleconference, contact Mike Barry at email@example.com.
There’s still time to register for the 25th Annual Preventive Medicine Board Review Course.ACPM's Board Review Course and Weekend Refresher will be held August 18-22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. You can register HERE for the full five-day course, the two-day weekend refresher, or a specialty breakout. Don't miss this opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC) credits and prepare for the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification examination.
Additionally, ACPM offers attendees a stress-free way to assess how well they have assimilated Review Course content. The ACPM Board Review Course Practice Exam, developed by course faculty, is a 125-question practice exam based on ABPM’s study guide and exam content outlines. These outlines and guide define the specialty of Preventive Medicine. The practice exam also is available to physicians preparing for the certification exam but unable to attend the Review Course. For more information about the ACPM Board Review Practice Exam, or to place an order, please visit our website.
If you are unable to attend the course in person, you may pre-order the Annual Board Review Course Syllabus and DVD-ROM, including all audio and course materials. Orders received by August 1stwill receive a $50 discount.
ACPM joined several leading public health organizations on a sign-on letter to Congress seeking help ensuring no Congressional action is taken that will limit or undermine FDA’s ability to take stronger action to curb the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in our nation’s meat and poultry supply. ACPM and its partner organizations want to ensure that as Congress works through its FY 2013 appropriations bills for federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no language is included that would weaken FDA’s ability to regulate use of antibiotics in agriculture.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the scientific literature establishes a clear link between antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic resistance in humans. ACPM has been working to address this growing public health issue as an active member of a national coalition on antibiotics and food animals led by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
To view the letter, please visit http://bit.ly/Nu6EGO.
ACPM’s Membership Committee has approved the following physicians for Fellowship of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM): Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, DrPH, MPH, FACPM, Sajida Chaudry, MD, MPH, FACPM,Stephen Haering, MD, MPH, FACPM, Prerna Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, FACPM, Jessica Nuñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH, FACPM. ACPM extends congratulations to all of its new Fellows! New Fellows will be formally recognized at the Preventive Medicine 2013 banquet in Phoenix-Scottsdale, AZ.
Applications for 2012 Fellowship consideration are currently being accepted until October 18. All applications and supporting documentation must be received in ACPM’s offices by this date. For additional information about how to become an ACPM Fellow or to submit your application, please visit http://bit.ly/N0Tpi0.
Slots for the ACPM Clinical Risk Management Fellowship remain open for preventive medicine physicians interested in pursuing a great opportunity to gain experience in clinical risk management through participation in a two-year 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.
Interested ACPM members should contact Paul Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for more information.
As your preventive medicine home, ACPM offers specialized resources, benefits and programs to advance your career. As an ACPM member, you will enjoy the opportunity to learn, connect and share with a collective force of professionals within the preventive medicine community.
Attendance at Preventive Medicine 2013 (ACPM’s Annual Meeting and Exposition), Board Review Course, and numerous regional workshops and meetings provide forums through which you can meet other members, stay "in the know” regarding important association and specialty news, and receive information about career opportunities. Members also are encouraged to actively participate in ACPM sections and committees. Each group has a unique purpose and benefit to you as a member and provides useful information that pertains to your specific professional interests.
To learn more about the networking opportunities available to ACPM members and how you can get involved, visit our website at http://www.acpm.org/?page=Committee.
ACPM members may obtain over 100 hours of CME and MOC credit through modules on ACPM’s website. Simply sign in for access to 90.5 hours of CME and MOC available from Preventive Medicine 2012. There also are two new articles available for CME and MOC in every edition of AJPM.This month’s articles include: "Motorized Transportation, Social Status, and Adiposity: The China Health and Nutrition Survey,” and "Graphic Warning Labels in Cigarette Advertisements: Recall and Viewing Patterns.” In addition, six ACPM Time Tools—which provide physicians and clinical staff with concise, credible, evidence-based clinical prevention guidelines on select prevention topics—are each available for one hour of credit.
The site also offers various webinars on everything from asthma management to lifestyle medicine. Log on and take advantage of this valuable member benefit today!
Policy and Practice
9. TASK FORCE ISSUES FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS ON OBESITY SCREENING AND BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released two final recommendations on obesity screening and behavioral counseling. The first recommends (Grade B) that clinicians screen all adults for obesity, and individuals with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher should be referred for intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions. The task force has suggested that these programs include a comprehensive weight loss and behavior management program with 12-26 sessions in the first year. The new obesity screening recommendation does not address screening in overweight adults (BMI of 25 to 29.9 kg/m2).
The second recommendation indicates that clinicians should selectively offer behavioral counseling to patients rather than providing counseling to all general adult patients (Grade C). The task force found that medium- or high-intensity behavioral counseling interventions in the primary care setting to promote a healthful diet and physical activity have a small net benefit in adult patients with a low risk of cardiovascular disease. The task force suggested that clinicians may choose to selectively counsel patients for behavioral counseling based on individualized factors such as patient readiness to change, social support and community resources, as well as other health care priorities. The updated recommendation replaces the USPSTF's previous separate recommendations (both I statements) on behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet (2003) and physical activity (2002) in adults without preexisting CVD or its risk factors.
The National Prevention Council, led by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, has released the National Prevention Council Action Plan: Implementing the National Prevention Strategy, providing next steps in the implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. The action plan describes actions being undertaken to realize the vision, goal, recommendations, and actions of the nation's first ever National Prevention Strategy in order to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.
Established by the Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention Council comprises 17 federal departments and agencies and aims to help move the nation's health care focus from one based on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. Last year the National Preventive Council released its comprehensive plan, the National Prevention Strategy, to address such issues as obesity, tobacco use, health disparities and chronic disease through the integration of recommendations and actions across multiple sectors. The action plan details commitments and outlines more than 200 specific prevention and wellness actions that federal agencies are already taking or plan to take to implement the National Prevention Strategy.
View the National Prevention Council Action Plan at http://1.usa.gov/tBmQ7y.
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice continues to advance initiatives to strengthen the public health workforce and practice. Current activities include:
ACPM is a charter member of the Council, which is a coalition of representatives from 19 national organizations working to further academic/practice collaboration to assure a well-trained, competent workforce and strong, evidence-based public health infrastructure. ACPM recognizes Past President Hugh Tilson, MD, DrPH, FACPM, for his longstanding, dedicated service to the Council on behalf of the College.
Research and Reports
12. STUDY SHOWS DECLINE IN MAMMOGRAMS AFTER TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION
A Mayo Clinic analysis shows that preventive mammography rates have declined slightly among women in their 40s, following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) 2009 recommendation against routine mammograms for women in this age group. This decline represents a small, but significant decrease since the highly controversial guidelines were released.
The analysis utilized a large, national representative database of 100 health plans, which enabled researchers to identify the number of screening mammograms performed between January 2006 and December 2010. Screening rates were compared with those before and after the task force report. An estimated eight million women between the ages of 40 and 64 were included in the analysis. The comparison showed a 5.72 percent decrease among this group.
For more information about the study, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2012-rst/6958.html.
13. AJPM AND RWJF LAUNCH ONLINE CHILDHOOD OBESITY CHALLENGE
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is meeting the challenge for new approaches to control and prevent obesity with a challenge of its own. Together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AJPM has introduced the Childhood Obesity Challenge -- an online competition for innovators of all backgrounds to submit promising solutions to childhood obesity.
Submissions will be accepted at http://ajpmchallenge.calit2.net. A variety of formats will be accepted. The Challenge is open to submissions starting July 1, 2012. Deadline for submissions will be August 15, 2012.
Public voting on submissions will begin on August 15, 2012 and end on September 30, 2012. The submission receiving the most popular votes will receive $1,000.
14. ACPM SUPPORTS "PATIENT PROMISE” INITIATIVE
ACPM is supporting the "Patient Promise,” a pledge designed to stimulate dialogue between clinicians and their patients, reduce weight discrimination and positively affect the culture of healthcare. The initiative is being championed by ACPM Student member, Shiv Gaglani, and David Gatz, John Hopkins’ University medical students on a mission to instill a deep sense of partnership into the relationship between healthcare professionals and patients, with the goal of motivating both to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors. Gaglani and Gatz are encouraging current and future healthcare professionals to commit to the Patient Promise. Each person who signs the promise receives a lapel pin and wall certificate to symbolize their commitment to living healthier and reducing weight bias.
ACPM President Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM, and Fellow Erica Frank, MD, MPH, FACPM, are advisors to the initiative. For additional information, or to sign the pledge, visit www.thepatientpromise.org.
15. HRSA SEEKING PREVENTIVE MEDICINE PEER REVIEWERS
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking peer reviewers from the preventive medicine community to review grant proposals on August 16 and 17. HRSA recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Preventive Medicine residency training programs interested in incorporating integrative medicine curricula into their residency training programs. It is vital that all proposals be reviewed by experts with direct knowledge of the specialty of Preventive Medicine. Please consider serving!
If interested please contact HRSA’s review administrator Beatriz Gramley as soon as possible at email@example.com.
16. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: SAM PEIK
Samuel Peik, MD, MPH and Annie Shuppy were married on June 23, 2012 at the Old Stone House in Georgetown (Washington, DC). Annie is a legislative analyst at CQ/Roll Call (Congressional Quarterly). Sam recently finished residencies in both GPM and OEM, and is currently assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while awaiting deployment with the US Army. He has been an active member of ACPM since medical school.