|ACPM Headlines 8/26/14|
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Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommends that adults who are overweight or obese and who also have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease be offered or referred to behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to help prevent the disease (B recommendation). This recommendation was part of the final recommendation statement and final evidence summary released this week by the USPSTF.
For adults who are overweight or obese and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar, the evidence shows that intensive behavioral counseling interventions to improve diet and increase physical activity can help reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease. The Task Force issued a separate recommendation in 2012 for people at average risk for cardiovascular disease, recommending that health care professionals selectively counsel these people to encourage healthy lifestyle choices that can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdiet.htm. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the August 26 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on the cost-effectiveness of various clinical preventive services. GAO categorized each preventive service into one of three different categories (e.g., clinical intervention, screening, or vaccination), and provided information on the target population, whether a service was cost saving, and whether a service had been recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
The report is based on a literature review of articles about preventive services in meta-analyses or comparative studies in peer-reviewed journals published between January 2007 and April 2014 that addressed cost-effectiveness or cost savings.
ACPM is partnering with TEDMED to provide its members free access to TEDMED 2014: Unlock Imagination in the Service of Health and Medicine. TEDMED, created by the founder of TED Talks, is focused exclusively on health and medicine. Members must register to view the event online in real time (September 10-12th) and on-demand (September 10-14th). Should you have any questions, please contact TEDMED directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annually, ACPM recognizes individuals for significant contributions, dedication and service to the College and to preventive medicine. The Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service, Ron Davis Special Recognition, William Kane Rising Star, and Donald Gemson Resident Award. Award recipients will be recognized during the ACPM annual meeting, Preventive Medicine 2015.
Nomination criteria are available online. All submissions are due by Friday, November 14, 2014. To submit a nomination, please submit a nomination letter, along with the proposed candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV), to ACPM’s membership director Benjamin Butz (email@example.com).
The number of poison control center calls related to e-cigarettes has increases significantly in the past few years, from 12 calls total in 2010 to 215 calls in one month alone (February) in 2014. ACPM applauds Sen. Nelson for responding to this public health threat.
ACPM thanks Member Cynthia (Cindy) Crews Thomas, DO, MPH, FACPM, for her generous donation to the Your Gift Matters campaign. Dr. Crews Thomas feels "that it is important to personally focus on the preservation of health within my family and through my efforts within my community. It is important to support health promotion and disease prevention professionally within my region, state and country through a wide variety of professional activities."
Like many of this year's donors, Dr. Crews Thomas feels "very fortunate to be in a position to support the efforts of others who are committed to promoting health and wellness and minimizing human suffering regionally, nationally and globally as well as to directly support those in need through the use of whatever resources I have, whether it's time, presence, prayers, my skills or financial support.”
As an ACPM member or supporter of ACPM, you can also help us continue to lead the way in preventive medicine. Your investment is a demonstration of your personal dedication to preventive medicine and your profession. Please show your commitment to preventive medicine and ACPM with your gift today! Donate online today!
Policy and Practice
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has released myhealthfinder, a free interactive tool to provide personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services covered by the Affordable Care Act. Its recommendations are based on guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Bright Futures Guidelines, and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Preventive Services for Women.
Users of the tool will receive tailored recommendations based on their age, sex, and pregnancy status. Consisting of general and specific recommendations depending on their lifestyle and family history, users know they receive credible information because each recommendation is based on scientific evidence. In addition, each myhealthfinder recommendation links users to a related "Health Topic,” which offers detailed decision support information and guidance that has been vetted by content experts across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Legacy has launched its new Truth campaign, Finish It, targeting a new generation of teens through TV advertisements, digital media and social media. The campaign was developed to empower teens to make their generation "the one that ends smoking and solves the public health challenge for good.” Various facts about tobacco use and tips on how to take action are featured in the campaign materials.
In a recent blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, advises health care workers to be vigilant in their preparedness for possible cases of Ebola virus and in exercising sound infection control practices. He notes, "…the occurrence of Ebola virus infection in health care workers is a sobering reminder that the preparedness of health care personnel is often a significant factor in Ebola outbreaks. Isolation and strict infection control procedures are essential to prevent spread of the disease.”
He also points out that "Health care workers are at risk for infection only when strict safety precautions or sharps management procedures are not followed. Protective measures known as Standard, Contact, and Droplet precautions are considered sufficient protection against transmission: these include gloves, gowns, face masks, and eye protection (goggles, face shield) for personnel providing routine care.”
The blog also contains CDC’s guidelines on symptom recognition and recommendations for testing.
Research and Reports
10. HOW STATES ARE TAKING ON THE NATIONAL RX ABUSE CRISIS
A recent edition of the AMA Wire outlined how physicians and policymakers are trying to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse, at both the national and state levels, as the crisis continues its destructive course. On average, 46 people die every day from overdose and many more require hospitalization.
The article highlights some of the key ways states are taking on the issue, such as overdose reversal legislation, access to addiction treatment and recovery programs, prescription drug monitoring programs, and drug take-back programs.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the 2014 National Preparedness Report (NPR), finding that, overall, the nation continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas. The NPR is an annual status report on the nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The report identifies several areas of sustainment as well as areas for national improvement in building resilience and reducing long-term vulnerability.
Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, according to a study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study, Natural Light in the Workplace Increases Health, notes that "Light is the most important synchronizing agent for the brain and body.”
ACPM Fellow Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM has been awarded the 2014 Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine Faculty Keeper of the Mission Award. This award honors the clinical faculty member who has distinguished him/herself through participating in activities that model the mission of the College. Dr. Sherin was selected as the 2014 recipient in honor of his dedication to underserved populations in Florida. His professional and private work advocating for medically underserved communities in city hall and county and state government, as well as educating medical students in underserved care settings, have distinguished him among his colleagues at FSU. Congratulations Dr. Sherin!
MedImmune Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca, an ACPM Corporate Roundtable member, has refined its patient education material ordering website to improve the user experience and ease of access to the site and ordering. The new site, specifically designed for ACPM members, will allow members to access the web portal without using a key code. Once an ACPM member creates an account, one click will allow members to enter the site for full access to patient materials at no cost.
The goal for the site is to improve health and enhance lives by working with national, state, and local organizations to help connect families and patients with comprehensive educational and support programs. To access the site simply visit: Medimmune Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca Patient Education Material for no-cost patient education material.