|ACPM Headlines 10/14/11|
In This Issue:
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM BOARD ADOPTS STRATEGIC PLAN
The ACPM Board of Regents at its October 5 meeting adopted a blueprint to guide the College’s activities and resource allocation over the next two years. The high-level strategic plan, developed over the past six months by an ACPM Strategic Planning Task Force under the leadership of ACPM President Miriam Alexander, represents the first update of ACPM’s strategic plan since November 2003.
ACPM is putting the finishing touches on the plan, including a new mission statement, and will be distributing the plan to the ACPM membership in the coming weeks. ACPM committees will be taking the lead on developing performance measures, action steps, timelines, and resources to implement the plan.
In addition to adopting the strategic plan, the Board previewed the results of the recent ACPM membership survey (which soon will be shared with the membership), established a process for ongoing strategic planning and review by the Board, considered recommendations for restructuring the ACPM annual meeting to align with the strategic priorities of the College, adopted changes to the ACPM Bylaws to conform to recent changes in the ACPM Constitution and best practices in association management, approved changes to the format of ACPM position statements, adopted a policy resolution to be submitted to the AMA urging continued state investments in tobacco prevention programming in the face of state budget shortfalls, and considered recommendations for further strengthening of ACPM’s governance structures, including how ACPM develops its leadership pipeline. For more information about the October 5 Board of Regents meeting, contact Mike Barry at ACPM.
2. SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PROVIDES AN EXTRA $5 MILLION TO PMR TRAINING PROGRAMS
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill containing an allotment of $5 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand support for preventive medicine residency (PMR) training programs. The Committee has urged HRSA allocate a portion of the funding to PMR training programs demonstrating the ability to incorporate integrative medicine competencies into their curricula. The $5 million in new funding would be added to the current baseline funding for PMR programs of $2.8 million.
This likely is the end of the road for this bill, as there are no plans to advance it to the Senate floor nor to move a companion bill in the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee bill likely will get wrapped up in a larger FY 2012 spending package later this year.
ACPM currently is working with executive branch officials to ensure integrative medicine is defined in a manner allowing all PMR training programs to qualify for this funding.
For more information, please contact Paul Bonta at ACPM.
The DVD ROMs for the 24thAnnual ACPM Board Review Course are now available for purchase. The DVD includes the full content of the five-day Review Course, covering all areas of the ABPM certification examination—Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Heath Services Management, Public Health Law, Behavioral and Mental Health, and Clinical Preventive Medicine—along with intensive breakouts in the three specialty areas—Public Health/General Preventive Medicine, Aerospace Medicine, and Occupational Medicine.
Up to 56.75 hours of CME and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits are available through this DVD ROM. A special session on the MOC Process also is available.
If you missed the Board Review Course, you may purchase the three-volume hard copy syllabus and the DVD-ROM with synchronized power point presentations. The DVD also contains presentations on MP3 files for download so you can listen on the go and a zip file with all presentations and handouts enabling you to print them on demand. To place an order visit http://www.acpm.org/?RC_Syllabus.
4. ACPM LAUNCHES OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS TIME TOOL
ACPM is pleased to announce the launch of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications Time Tool. Developed by ACPM with an unrestricted grant from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), this Time Tool aims to improve patient education and continued communication about the proper use of OTC medications to help minimize the potential for harm by focusing on the role providers can play in helping their patients take their medications properly.
Currently, 35% of adult Americans use OTC medications on a regular basis and OTC medication use in children is twice that of prescription medication. Because of the vital role they play in the health of Americans, OTC medication use warrants awareness by both physicians and consumers.
ACPM Time ToolsTM provide healthcare providers with concise, credible, evidence-based clinical prevention guidelines to enhance knowledge and improve access and utilization of preventive services.Each Time Tool also includes a patient guide that may be shared during a clinical visit to reinforce and improve the patient education process.
The Over-the-Counter Medications Time Tool is the third in a series of three related tools ACPM has developed on medication adherence and medication misuse. All three tools—Over-the-Counter Medications, Medication Adherence, and Use, Abuse, Misuse and Disposal of Prescription Pain Medication—are available online in ACPM's library of Time Tools and can be downloaded by clicking on "Other Time Tools" at: http://www.acpm.org/?TimeTools. As October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, now is a good time to access the tools and improve your understanding of these important issues.
5. ACPM JOINS EFFORT TO PROTECT PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND FROM CUTS
ACPM joined over 100 national organizations on a sign-on letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging protection of the Prevention and Public Health Fund created under the Affordable Care Act from budget cuts. The letter states as committee members "deliberate strategies to reduce our nation’s long-term deficit, we urge you to continue our investment in the Prevention and Public Health Fund. A sensible plan for deficit reduction should recognize that prevention is the key to lowering health care costs and creating a long-term path to a healthier and economically sound America.”
Click here to read a copy of the letter.
6. ACPM HOSTS SEMI-ANNUAL CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE
ACPM held the semi-annual meeting of its Corporate Roundtable on October 4 at ACPM headquarters in Washington, DC. The Corporate Roundtable (CR) is an ongoing forum for mission-aligned private sector organizations to discuss and advance issues of shared interest with the College, leveraging the impact of the nation's sole medical specialty organization primarily focused on prevention and public health with like-minded organizations from the private sector. The intent of the CR is to foster communication between ACPM and CR members about topics of mutual interest and to create jointly valuable collaborative opportunities through relationship building to advance each partner’s mission.
Seventeen companies are currently members of the CR, which launched in October 2008. The October 4 meeting featured an engaging legislative update session, a Profiles in Collaboration session featuring ACPM Fellows Liana Lianov, Rob Gilchick,Mirza Rahman, and David Katz presenting ACPM initiatives with the private sector, a sneak preview of ACPM’s strategic plan, and a demonstration of ACPM’s new association management software and how it can be used to advance Corporate Roundtable initiatives and collaboration with the College.
To learn more about the Corporate Roundtable and its members, visit http://www.acpm.org/?page=CR_Home.
7. 2012 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Yes, it is that time of year again: time to renew your ACPM membership for the 2012 membership year! All ACPM members should go to the new ACPM website at www.acpm.org; log-in with your new username and password (if you have not yet logged in, please refer to the emails sent on 8/10/2011 and 9/1/2011 containing your new user name and password or contact Jennifer Edwards at ACPM); click on Account History (membership) near the bottom of the page; and click "Securely Renew Your Membership Now.”
You will be able to print your receipt right from the website. You can also choose to join/renew your membership with the Uniformed Services Academy of Preventive Medicine (available to all current and retired members of the uniformed services, including the military, public health and coast guard); and you can opt to make a donation to support the Preventive Medicine Leadership Fund (PMLF), which funds scholarships for medical students to attend the ACPM annual meeting.
If you have any questions about the renewal process, please contact Jennifer Edwards at ACPM. All memberships must be renewed prior to the start of the 2012 membership year (1/1/2012).
8. ACPM MENTORS NEEDED
ACPM is experiencing continued growth in both the Medical Student Section and the Resident Section. While this growth bodes well for the future of the specialty, it also creates a demand for mentorship from seasoned ACPM members. Join the Mentoring Initiative via the ACPM website today and provide direction and assistance to the future leaders of ACPM and the specialty.
To join the Mentoring Initiative, simply log on to the ACPM website www.acpm.org (use your new username and password sent to you on 8/10/2011 and 9/1/2011 if you have not yet logged in) and click on ACPM Membership Sections under the Membership tab.
Policy and Practice
9. ACPM AND ACLM RESPOND TO CMS OBESITY COUNSELING PROPOSAL
ACPM joined with its academy partner, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), in submitting formal comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offering strong support for CMS’ recent proposal to provide reimbursement for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity. The proposal calls for sustained counseling for patients with a BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2.The letter notes, "ACPM and ACLM have long recommended periodic BMI measurement of all adults with diet and exercise counseling for all adults regardless of BMI. The BMI is easy to measure, highly reliable, and highly correlated with percentage of body fat and body fat mass. Providing Medicare recipients with intensive behavioral therapy for obesity is another step towards re-directing our focus from disease treatment to disease prevention.”
Click here to view a copy of the letter.
10. FDA SEEKS COMMENT ON GUIDANCE FOR TOBACCO PRODUCT APPLICATIONS
To view the draft guidance, please visit http://1.usa.gov/onTE19.
11. CDC AWARDS $9 MILLION TO EMPLOYERS FOR WELLNESS PROGRAMS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced awards of approximately $9 million for comprehensive workplace health programs across the nation. The initiative, funded by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aims to help workplaces support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases in order to improve the health of American workers and their families. For more information about the new workplace health initiative, visit http://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/nhwp/index.html.
Research and Reports
12. USPSTF SEEKS COMMENTS ON DRAFT PROSTATE CANCER AND HEART DISEASE SCREENING RECOMMENDATIONS
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is seeking public comments on new draft recommendations for prostate cancer and heart disease screenings. In these two draft statements, the USPSTF recommends against screening with electrocardiography (ECG) for asymptomatic adults at low risk for coronary events ("D” recommendation) and recommends against ("D” recommendation) prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer for asymptomatic men.
To view and comment on the draft recommendation for coronary heart disease screening, please visit http://bit.ly/aF5NPd.
To view and comment on the draft recommendation for prostate cancer screening, please visit http://bit.ly/q0Lkyv.
13. NEW REPORT SHOWS US RANKS LAST AMONG HIGH INCOME NATIONS ON PREVENTABLE DEATHS
A new study from the Commonwealth Fund found the rate of deaths considered preventable with timely and effective health care declined across 16 high-income nations; however, the U.S. improved the least. Had the U.S.achieved levels of amenable mortality seen in the three best-performing countries—France, Australia, and Italy—84,300 fewer people under age 75 would have died in 2006–2007.
To view a copy of the report please visit http://bit.ly/q1i1rv.
14. CELEBRATING FIFTEEN YEARS OF THE COMMUNITY PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE
October marks the 15th anniversary of The Community Preventive Services Task Force. Since it first convened in 1996, the Task Force has issued 218 findings and recommendations in 20 different public health topic areas.
The Community Guide Branch of the CDC provides the ongoing administrative, research, and technical support for the operations of the Task Force, under CDC's Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office in the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Task Force findings and recommendations, along with the systematic reviews of the scientific evidence on which they are based, have been used to inform laws and policies, and to support the development of effective public health programs.
Additional information about the Guide to Community Preventive Services is available at http://www.thecommunityguide.org/index.htm
15. PATIENTS AND POPULATIONS: PUBLIC HEALTH IN MEDICAL EDUCATION – AJPM SUPPLEMENT
The October AJPM supplement describes curricular innovations and resources to help integrate public health, population health and prevention in medical school and residency curricula, and includes commentaries from leaders in public health and medicine. Supplement articles are available without charge on the AJPM website: http://www.ajpmonline.org/, along with a video featuring some of the curricular innovations and resources described in the supplement.
16. OTHER NEWS FROM AJPM
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