|ACPM Headlines 8/5/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM TO LAUNCH NEW AMS AND WEB SITE NEXT WEEK
will launch its new web site and fully-integrated association management
software (AMS) system on Wednesday,
August 10, 2011. The new site will
revolutionize how ACPM manages its membership, operations, and communications as
well as how members will connect with their colleagues in the College and ACPM’s
products and services. As part of the site launch, ACPM also will be unveiling
a new logo that will bring a fresh, modern face to the College, while putting
forth an image preserving trust in ACPM's brand.
More information can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/pCPTah
3. LAST CALL: 24TH ANNUAL BOARD REVIEW COURSE!
Time is running out to register for the 24th Annual Board Review Course scheduled for Saturday, August 20, through Wednesday, August 24, at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to participate in the only comprehensive review of the specialty of Preventive Medicine, prepare for the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) certification examination, and learn about the Maintenance of Certification process. ACPM and ABPM staff and representatives will be on hand to outline ABPM’s MOC program and how ACPM can help meet your MOC needs and to answer your questions.
Whether or not you are preparing for the Board exam, the Review Course is a valuable opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits. Nearly 40 credits will be offered!
You can register online for the full five-day course, the two-day weekend refresher, or for a specialty breakout only.
The latest ACPM Perspectives in Prevention column, "Screening for STIs," by Kshamica S. Nimalasuriya, MD, MPH, is now available for CME on Medscape/WebMD. Primary care physicians are in a unique position to identify and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but performing an adequate sexual history and screening examinations can be difficult. The current column reviews STI screening and counseling barriers typical in primary care practice and recommends strategies for overcoming these barriers to address the burden and improve outcomes related to STIs in the United States.
5. THE FIRST LADY TAKES AIM AT FOOD DESERTS
First Lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with food retailers, including Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and Supervalu, to open locations and sell fresh food to underserved neighborhoods. With the pledges, secured by the Partnership for a Healthier America, which is part of Mrs. Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the stores aim to reach 9.5 million Americans who live in areas where finding affordable healthy foods can be difficult.
According to the White House, around 23.5 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in "food deserts”—places where fresh produce and affordable, healthy choices are nonexistent. In those areas, many people turn to fast food restaurants or convenience stores.
Health care spending is projected to rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009 to 19.8 percent by 2020, according to an article by members of CMS’ Office of the Actuary published in the August edition of Health Affairs. While national health spending is estimated to have grown at a historic low of 3.9 percent in 2010, this growth is expected to reach 8.3 percent in 2014 when major coverage expansions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin. The report also notes the number of uninsured people is expected to fall by nearly 30 million by 2020.
To view a copy of the Health Affairs article, visit http://bit.ly/pHKLRZ.
The 2010 version of the American Lung Association’s report, State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Control, notes a dramatic slowdown in the number of states with smoke-free policies. Furthermore, the annual summary of state tobacco control laws found that several states suffered additional cuts or complete elimination of their tobacco control programs.
The American Lung Association report can be found at http://slati.lungusa.org.
Research and Reports
8. GAO REPORT EXAMINES EVIDENCE OF QUALITY AND COST OF CARE
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report, Value in Health Care: Key Information for Policymakers to Assess Efforts to Improve Quality While Reducing Costs. The report examines the availability of evidence on the effect of 127 selected interventions on quality of care and costs, identifies key dimensions for assessing the strength of such evidence, and examines factors facilitating the implementation and replication of health care interventions. GAO notes it identified a broad and diverse set of health care interventions using published and unpublished sources.
To view a copy of the report, visit http://1.usa.gov/qwQbVb.
Mortality rates for preventable deaths fell between 1.1 percent and 6.9 percent for each 10 percent increase in local public health spending, according to an article in the August edition Health Affairs. The strongest associations between spending and mortality were observed for infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer—four of the preventable health conditions most commonly targeted by public health agencies. The results suggest increased public health investments can produce measureable improvements in health, especially in low-resource communities.
The Health Affairs article is available at http://bit.ly/o0izvu.
A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the Department of Health and Human Services take steps toward a national chronic disease surveillance system. The report presents a conceptual framework for a system to capture data to improve understanding of the scope, magnitude, and cost of chronic disease. The system should be capable of providing data on disparities in incidence and prevalence of the diseases by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, along with data on disease risk factors, clinical care delivery, and functional outcomes.
To view a copy of the report, visit http://bit.ly/nrmFPZ.
11. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: SANCHEZ TO LEAD PARTNERSHIP FOR PREVENTION
ACPM Member Eduardo Sanchez, MD, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors for Partnership for Prevention. Dr. Sanchez will assume the role in December 2011 when former ACPM President Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, FACPM, steps down.
Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Previously, he was the Director of the Institute for Health Policy at The University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Sanchez served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004-2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001-2004.
12. HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 WEBINAR FOCUSES ON HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is convening the first in a series of Healthy People webinars focused on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The webinar will highlight the importance of this public health issue, provide an overview of the related Healthy People 2020 objectives, and provide action steps that health professionals can take to prevent HAIs. Join the discussion on August 16, 2011, from 12:00-1:30 pm EDT. Register at http://ow.ly/5WdD4.