|ACPM Headlines 9/3/13|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. NEW AJPM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ANNOUNCED
ACPM and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) have announced the selection of Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH, FACPM, as the new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), the ACPM and APTR co-sponsored, peer-reviewed medical journal published monthly by Elsevier, Inc. Dr. Boulton is Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Health Management & Policy, and Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health, with a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine. He also is Director of the federally-funded Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies, Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency (PMR), and previously served 6 years as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.
Dr. Boulton will assume full editorial responsibility for AJPM on January 1, 2014, replacing Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, FACPM. Dr. Patrick has served as the journal’s chief editor for the past 18 years and taken the journal to new heights with regard to its impact, visibility, recognition, and growth as a scholarly medical and public health journal. "We are very fortunate to find someone of Dr. Boulton’s caliber to lead the journal in these exciting times for preventive medicine and public health,” noted ACPM President and AJPM Board of Governors member Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM. "He brings the full package—extensive public health leadership, national credibility and recognition, editorial expertise, and the vision and business acumen to navigate the journal through an era of health reform, relentless technological innovation, and evolving business and readership models.”
To view the ACPM-APTR joint press release announcing Dr. Boulton’s appointment, visit ACPM’s website.
ACPM hosted another highly successful Preventive Medicine Board Review Course in Washington, DC, attracting nearly 200 physicians to the annual event. Held August 17-21, the course featured an extensive review of topics slated for the Preventive Medicine Board Certification Exam this fall.
In addition to physicians preparing to take board certification exams for the first-time, there were a significant number of attendees preparing for recertification. Other attendees included physicians desiring a refresher in preventive medicine, or to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit hours.
Based upon preliminary feedback, the course received high marks. Course attendee Konrad Hayashi, MD, MPH&TM concurred: "I found the ACPM course an excellent review with useful updates, and it inspired me to look into taking the Occupational Medicine board examination next autumn to supplement my Preventive Medicine board certification.”
would like to thank its longstanding Board Review Course Chair, Jill Waalen,
MD, MPH, MS, FACPM, for again organizing a top-notch event, and the
dedicated faculty members for their critical contributions and expertise.
ACPM is proud to announce its commitment to Million Hearts®, a national initiative of communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private sector partners to fight the devastating effects of heart disease and stroke. As an official partner of the initiative, ACPM will help drive awareness of the program and its goals through: developing and delivering educational programming during the Preventive Medicine conference; targeting consumers with health promotion products--including consumer-focused statements, factsheets, and articles; and supporting and promoting the cardiovascular health activities of other national health organizations.
For more information, or if you are interested in contributing to ACPM activities with Million Hearts®, please contact Andrea Lowe, Policy and Practice Manager.
4. SEPTEMBER AJPM FEATURES TWO ACPM POSITION/ POLICY STATEMENTS
The September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) features two peer-reviewed position and policy statements from ACPM. The first is a new position statement from the ACPM Prevention Practice Committee, "Policies to Restrict Secondhand Smoke Exposure.” This paper describes the benefits of secondhand smoking policies and recommends expansion of clean indoor air policies for workplaces (including office buildings, hospitals, bars and restaurants), apartment buildings, colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and child care centers among others.
The recent ACPM policy statement, "Licensure Challenges in Preventive Medicine: A Public Policy Issue,” also is featured in this month’s journal. It describes the specialty of Preventive Medicine, provides a brief account of the state licensure requirements that may prohibit licensure from preventive medicine physicians who may not be directly involved with patient care, and highlights ACPM’s work to encourage states to provide full, unrestricted licensure to preventive medicine physicians. The statement is a product of the ACPM Licensure Task Force, which also developed a successful AMA House of Delegates policy resolution, general issue briefs, a policy statement for the Federation of State Medical Boards, and a summary report illustrating the Licensure Task Force findings.
ACPM will continue to oppose laws, regulations, and policies that limit physicians who are not actively involved in direct patient care from unrestricted licensure and will provide letters of support and educational information to ACPM members who need assistance with obtaining licensure. Please contact Paul Bonta for more information.
ACPM is seeking volunteers to join its Policy Committee to help guide implementation of ACPM’s strategic plan objectives focused on advancing its legislative agenda while working to sharpen the advocacy skills of ACPM members. ACPM president Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM recently appointed Greg Holzman, MD, MPH as chair of the newly reconstituted committee. Interested volunteers should submit a copy of their CV and statement of interest noting their expertise in policy formulation, implementation and advocacy to Paul Bonta.
ACPM’s annual membership dues renewal season is underway. The first notice reminding members of the upcoming December 31 expiration date will soon be mailed. ACPM is initiating renewal notices two months earlier than in past years as a result of a new two-month grace period policy adopted by the Board of Regents in February, 2013. Under the policy ACPM will be allowed to carry membership of non-renewing members only two months past expiration before the membership and benefits—including the FACPM designation—are terminated. The previous policy allowed members up to a six-month grace period before their membership was terminated.
We encourage you to submit your membership dues renewal as soon as possible to ensure continuation of valuable ACPM member benefits, including reduced rates on annual meeting registration, CME/MOC credit discounts (members pay no fees—while non-members pay $10 per credit!), publications, and much more.
To renew your membership, simply visit our website and login with your username and password, select the option to "Manage Profile” and "Click to Renew Your Membership Dues.” Our quick and convenient online renewal process also offers the option to obtain a receipt for your transaction.
Don’t wait—renew your membership today and stay connected with ACPM! ACPM members who renew online before December 31 will be entered into a drawing to win a mini iPad.
7. USPSTF FINAL RECOMMENDATION STATEMENTS
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released two final recommendation statements. For the first, Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents, the USPSTF examined the evidence regarding the effectiveness and harms of educational and counseling interventions on children and adolescents to prevent the use of and addiction to tobacco and tobacco products. The USPSTF gave these interventions, including face-to-face, phone, or media materials providing education and brief counseling, a Grade B recommendation (clinicians should offer or provide this service; there is a high certainty of moderate benefit or moderate certainty of moderate to substantial benefit) with no evidence of harm to children or adolescents.
In a second recommendation statement released yesterday on screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular risk assessment with ankle brachial index (ABI) in adults, the USPSTF found that for adults with no symptoms of PAD, the evidence was insufficient to determine if using the ABI test to screen for PAD and predict risk of cardiovascular disease is beneficial. Therefore, the USPSTF issued an I statement, which means there is not enough evidence to make a definitive recommendation.
ACPM has officially joined the One Health Initiative aimed at forging collaborations between human and animal health. ACPM recently joined with the Animal Health Institute (AHI) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to co-sponsor the "Human-Animal Medicine: Communicating Across the Species Divide” briefing, where ACPM president Dr. Halley Faust highlighted how Preventive Medicine specialists are uniquely qualified to communicate and practice with and across various disciplines on efforts to further promote the link between human and animal health. To view ACPM’s endorsement statement, please click here.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that Richard Kronick, Ph.D., will take over as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Kronick replaces former AHRQ director Dr. Carolyn Clancy. Dr. Kronick joined HHS in January 2010 as deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation and oversaw the Office of Health Policy. Prior to his time with HHS, Dr. Kronick was Chief of the Division of Health Care Sciences and a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He has also served in various federal and state positions including as Director of Policy and Reimbursement for the Medicaid Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare and as a Senior Health Policy Advisor in President Clinton’s Administration.
10. SMOKERS COST EMPLOYERS $5,800 MORE ANNUALLY THAN NON-SMOKERS
A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the new issue of Tobacco Control found that "Smokers cost their employers about $5,800 more each year annually than their non-smoking co-workers.” The study found that the highest costs for smokers involve lost productivity due to smoking breaks ($3,077 each year for their non-working time) and excess health care expenses (at $2,056 a year). To view a report of the study, please click here.
A study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health published in the American Journal of Public Health found that between 1986 and 2006 18% of all deaths in individuals 40 and older could be attributed to being overweight or obese. The study found that being overweight or obese accounted for 27% of deaths among black women; 22% of deaths among white women; 5% of deaths among black men; and 16% of deaths among white men.
The researchers concluded that, "obesity has much worse health consequences than people realize." The study authors believe that obesity had less of an impact on mortality among black men than white men because black men have higher rates of smoking, HIV and other factors that contribute to premature death before obesity-related causes can take their toll. To view a report of the study, please click here.
The United Nations (UN) inadvertently caused a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti, and has legal and moral obligations to remedy the situation, according to a new report from the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health. The report, "Peacekeeping without Accountability,” provides the first comprehensive analysis of the cause of the massive outbreak of cholera in Haiti, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000 since it began in 2010.
The report examines the role the UN played in precipitating the crisis and the UN’s responsibilities to provide legal remedies to victims of the epidemic. It directly contradicts recent statements by the UN Secretary-General that the organization did not bring cholera to Haiti, and has no legal responsibilities for the epidemic or its consequences.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data indicating that the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. The preliminary estimates were presented at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases in Boston.
This early estimate is based on findings from three ongoing CDC studies that use different methods, but all aim to define the approximate number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. The first project analyzes medical claims information for approximately 22 million insured people annually for six years; the second project is based on a survey of clinical laboratories; and the third project analyzes self-reported Lyme disease cases from a survey of the general public.
Find more information on Lyme disease at the CDC’s website.
14. JOIN THE MILLION HEARTS HYPERTENSION CONTROL CHALLENGE
The Million Hearts® Initiative has re-introduced its Hypertension Control Challenge, encouraging clinical practices, health systems, and individual clinicians to emphasize the importance of blood pressure control among their patients. If you, or your practice, have been successfully using a variety of clinical approaches to encourage your patients to control their blood pressure, Million Hearts® wants to know! This Challenge will recognize local "Hypertension Control Champions” that provide primary care and have successfully ensured 70% or more of their patients have their hypertension under control. Nominations will be accepted until September 9.
Lt. Col. Ronit Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM served as a member of NASA’s Ames Human Performance Centrifuge Project Team, which has been selected to receive the agency’s Group Achievement Award. This is one of the most prestigious awards a group can receive and is presented to selected groups who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission. The award was presented at Ames' annual NASA Honor Awards Ceremony on August 29.
ACPM Committee on Ethics Chair, James Tacci, MD, JD, MPH, Global Corporate Medical Director, Manager of Medical, Health & Wellness Services, Xerox Corporation, participated on ACPM’s behalf in the recent Sunshine and Aggregate Spending Conference in Washington, DC, serving on a panel for a session titled "Creating Awareness of Sunshine Disclosure among Physician and Patients.” Dr. Tacci was joined on the panel by other senior leaders from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of American (PhRMA), the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
The session discussed the information being shared with physicians as a result of Sunshine Act reporting requirements that went into effect August 1, the resources and materials that are being created for them and their patients, and insights as to how the physician community feels about the upcoming disclosures. ACPM and other physician societies are helping to educate their members about implementation of the Sunshine Act requirements, which will be publically disclosed next year, through participation in the "Partners for Healthy Dialogues” coalition.
For more information on the Sunshine Act visit Partners for Healthy Dialogues.