|ACPM Headlines 10/31/11|
In This Issue:
Top Stories1. ACPM offers lifestyle medicine advocacy tools
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. ACPM OFFERS NEW RESOURCES FOR LIFESTYLE MEDICINE ADVOCACY
The ACPM Lifestyle Medicine Task Force, under the leadership of General Preventive Medicine Regent Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, has created a set of advocacy tools to increase awareness about lifestyle medicine and spur interest in greater integration of lifestyle medicine into clinical practice. The short-term objective is for ACPM members and other physician champions to incorporate information about lifestyle medicine into presentations at specialty societies, local and state medical societies, and academic institutions with which they already have relationships.
Materials include short and long Power Point presentations, a literature review, and links to resources, including the Medscape "Perspectives in Prevention” CME activity dedicated to the lifestyle medicine competencies, which was authored by Dr. Lianov. One strategy for dissemination is adding a few slides about lifestyle medicine to other presentations you are already preparing. A complete slide set addressing lifestyle medicine also is available for grand rounds and similar sessions.
The Affordable Care Act has increased opportunities for reimbursement of some lifestyle medicine services, such as preventive counseling services graded A and B by the US Preventive Service Task Force. Also, lifestyle medicine continues to be a key component of managing chronic illness. As such, now more than ever the medical community may be receptive to learning about and emphasizing lifestyle medicine.
To access the lifestyle medicine advocacy resources, visit http://www.acpm.org/?page=LMI_Home, click the link under "What’s New,” and log in to the site as an ACPM member, if you have not done so already (see article 4 below). If you have an interest in joining this effort and/or can refer physician champions to assist us, please contact the chair, Liana Lianov MD, at email@example.com.
2. ACPM RESPONDS TO IOM FOOD LABELING REPORT
ACPM has responded to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Promoting Healthier Choices,” urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move forward with an evidence-based labeling system that evaluates calories, saturated and trans fats, sodium, and sugars in all food and beverage products found in grocery stores. ACPM president Miriam Alexander, MD, MPH, FACPM noted in the ACPM press release that "ACPM supports evidence-based and meaningful nutrition labeling systems that can guide consumers to healthier eating. We believe that arming consumers with easy-to-understand, at-a-glance, information about the nutritional quality of the food they purchase, at the point of purchase, can have a significant impact on changing their eating behaviors.”
To view a copy of the press release, visit http://bit.ly/sYUTmA.
3. YOU RESPONDED, WE REPORT: RESULTS OF THE 2011 ACPM MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
Thank you to the nearly 25% of ACPM members who responded to the April 2011 ACPM membership survey. The survey was designed to assist ACPM leaders with the development of the ACPM Strategic Plan, learn more about how ACPM members are practicing preventive medicine, and inform ACPM efforts to help members improve their practice and to deliver more value to its members for their dues dollars.
Among the many highlights of the survey, 71% of respondents indicated they joined ACPM because it is the "home for physicians with my expertise and interests.” Among the membership benefits highlighted as the most important, free CME/MOC for members, advocacy and policy representation, and the free subscription to AJPM topped the list.
To view a PowerPoint summary of the survey results, visit http://www.acpm.org/resource/resmgr/Membership-Files/ACPM-2011MembershipSurvey.ppt.
The ACPM leadership will be sharing the Strategic Plan with the full membership in the near future.
4. NAVIGATING THE NEW ACPM WEB SITE – WHAT IS THE KEY?
What is the key to easily navigating the new ACPM website? Log-in. That’s it! The key is to always be logged-in. If you want to pay your dues; register to attend the annual meeting; get the member rates on store purchases, such as the Board Review Course CD ROM; just log-in!
By logging into the system the rates and privileges only available to ACPM members become accessible. You can also update your profile, pay your 2012 membership-year dues, change your password, view your connections, upload your previously earned CME certificates to your library, and much more.
If you have any questions about the new site, or want to discuss any of its features, such as how to start a blog or post a photo, please contact Jennifer Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. PLANNING UNDER WAY FOR ACPM GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
ACPM’s Environmental Health Committee is off and running with plans to convene a one-day meeting on global climate change. The conference, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will provide recommendations on how preventive medicine physicians and other health care providers can reduce their own personal and professional contributions to climate change and advocate for effective policies that will target the causes of global climate change.
Conference participants will be asked to make a commitment to action and create a plan for using the content and resources gained during the conference. These commitments will demonstrate that the issues covered and discussed are a priority to attendees and will ensure participants translate practical goals into meaningful results. The conference will take place in conjunction with ACPM’s annual meeting, Preventive Medicine 2012, on February 22, 2012 in Orlando, FL. Additional details and registration information will be released in the coming weeks.
6. ACPM RESPONDS TO STORY IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
ACPM and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joined forces to respond to an editorial in The Wall Street Journal, "A New Spending Record,” that expressed disappointment with continued increases in federal spending. ACPM executive director Michael Barry, CAE, and NACCHO executive director Robert Pestronk, MPH, noted in their response that, "While the Wall Street Journal is unhappy about the Federal government's increased spending, one area that has had a substantial decrease in funding is the public health system, including the 45 percent of local public health departments that have reduced operating budgets compared to the previous fiscal year. Reduced operating budgets result in fewer public health practitioners, physicians trained in preventive medicine and public health, and chronic and infectious disease screenings, and slower responses to food-borne illness outbreaks and other health threats and disasters.”
To view a copy of the response, visit http://bit.ly/vPFKY7.
7. ACPM SIGNS LETTER TO USDA ON ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
As an active member of the Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, ACPM signed on to a coalition letter to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over the USDA’s response to a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on the government’s oversight of antibiotics use in animals.
At issue is USDA’s statement that "Currently, there is insufficient scientific information available to make important policy decisions regarding use of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes. Such policy decisions may, in some cases as described in the GAO report, actually lead to increased use of antibiotics with unknown potential effects on overall antibiotic resistance and public health.” The Keep Antibiotics Coalition’s response noted that "These comments are inconsistent with the vast majority of published literature spanning the past forty years, as well as the understanding of most medical experts, which conclude that giving important human antibiotics to food animals on a routine basis, especially at subtherapeutic levels such as for growth promotion, contributes to antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.”
To view a copy of the letter, visit http://bit.ly/s49nJa.
Policy and Practice
8. IOM ISSUES NEW ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released recommendations to guide the development of essential health benefits as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The law calls on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue a list of essential benefits that must be offered to individuals and small groups in state-based exchanges and in the private insurance marketplace. It is estimated that more than 68 million people will obtain insurance that must meet essential health benefit requirements.
To view the IOM report, visit http://bit.ly/pqxhsX.
9. REPORT FINDS 20 MILLION TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MEDICARE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT
A report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that over 20 million Medicare beneficiaries are taking advantage of the annual wellness visit benefit or receiving other preventive services."Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more people with Medicare are getting preventive services like mammograms for free,” noted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
To view the report, visit http://go.cms.gov/qgpfNN.
10. USPSTF DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released draft recommendations for public comment on prostate cancer, obesity in adults, hearing loss in older adults, and cervical cancer, cytology and HPV testing.
To view and comment on the draft recommendations for prostate cancer, visit http://bit.ly/q0Lkyv.
To view and comment on the draft recommendations for obesity in adults, visit http://bit.ly/rVP3YD.
To view and comment on the draft recommendations for hearing loss in older adults, visit http://bit.ly/uRZqMF.
To view and comment on the draft recommendations for cervical cancer, cytology and HPV testing, visit http://bit.ly/nCwTXy.
11. CDC REPORT FINDS 60% INCREASE IN YOUNG ATHLETES TREATED FOR TBI
According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past decade emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) increased by 60 percent among children and adolescents. The report notes that by increasing awareness of TBI risks, the incidence, severity, and long-term negative health effects of TBIs among children and adolescents can be reduced.
To view the CDC report, visit http://1.usa.gov/o0XJ5k.
12. HHS RELEASES HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 FINAL REVIEW
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released "The Healthy People 2010 Final Review,” a quantitative end-of-decade assessment of progress toward the Healthy People 2010 objectives and goals. The report was developed by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with considerable input from the HHS’ lead agencies for the Healthy People initiative.
This publication provides the final tracking data used to present a quantitative assessment of progress for the 969 objectives in the 28 Healthy People 2010 Focus Areas. A summary of progress for the Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators also is presented. This report incorporates the modifications to objectives from the 2005 Healthy People 2010 Midcourse Review, includes information about the status of each 2010 objective over the course of the decade, and includes a crosswalk that shows how Healthy People 2010 objectives were transitioned to
Healthy People 2020. To view the final report, visit http://1.usa.gov/qRaIzj.
If you are interested in learning more about Healthy People 2020, Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, MPH, will announce the Leading Health Indicators of Healthy People 2020 on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:30am at the APHA Annual Meeting held at the Washington Convention Center. To access a live webcast of the event, visit http://nmr.rampard.com/apha/20111031, or for more information, go to http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/Session34319.html.
You may view this and other upcoming events on ACPM's online calendar, http://www.acpm.org/events/event_list.asp.
13. AMERICANS CONSUME TOO MUCH SODIUM
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report illustrates that nearly everyone who could benefit from a salt-restricted diet is consuming too much salt and, consequently, raising their risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued in 2010, all people in the U.S. age two or older should consume less than 2,300 mg of salt (sodium chloride) per day. The guidelines set the daily salt limit at 1,500 mg for people age 51 or older, blacks, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
According to CDC’s report, although 48% of persons aged two years or older meet the criteria to limit their daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg daily, the usual daily sodium intake for as many as 99% of those people was higher than the recommended amount. Also, for 88% of the remaining U.S. population, daily sodium intake was greater than the recommended level of less than 2,300 mg. New population-based strategies and increased public health and private efforts will be needed to meet the Dietary Guidelines recommendations. The report, based on data from 2005 to 2008, was published in the October 21 issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Visit http://1.usa.gov/pvp8pX to read the full report.
14. HEALTHY FOODS MEANS A HEALTHIER BOTTOM LINE
Food and beverage companies with a higher percentage of their sales coming from healthier foods and beverages perform better financially, according to a new report from the Hudson Institute, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These companies record stronger sales growth, higher operating profits, superior shareholder returns, and better company reputations than companies that sell fewer healthier products. This report is the first comprehensive look at the business impact of selling such foods and beverages.
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