|ACPM Headlines 11/23/11|
In This Issue:
Research and Reports
1. ACPM ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
ACPM has announced the release of a new strategic plan and mission statement, adopted by the Board of Regents, to guide the College’s activities and resource allocation over the next two years. The high-level blueprint, developed over a six-month period this year by an ACPM task force under the leadership of ACPM President Miriam Alexander, represents the first update of ACPM’s strategic plan since November 2003.
The plan’s four main goals include promoting the specialty and growing the pipeline of preventive medicine specialists; defining the knowledge base for preventive medicine and positioning ACPM at the table with, or convening, key stakeholders in prevention; enhancing membership value through education and competency development, advocacy, and practice improvement tools; and implementing a long-term, financially-sustainable business model and monitoring and sharpening the organization’s performance and members’ professionalism.
ACPM committees currently are taking the lead on developing performance measures, action steps, timelines, and resources to implement the plan. A copy of the plan is accessible on the ACPM home page, www.acpm.org.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released details of a new funding program—the Health Care Innovation Challenge—that will provide $1 billion in competitive grants for new efforts to deliver better health, improved care and lowered costs to those enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program is being run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
The deadline for letters of intent is December 19, applications are due January 27, and awards are expected to be announced March 30. To be eligible, projects must be able to start within 6 months of receipt of funds. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaborations.
To view the CMMI grant announcement please visit http://1.usa.gov/rQdzmD.
3. ACPM LEADS EFFORT TO REAFFIRM STATE TOBACCO SPENDING POLICY AT AMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING
In response to an ACPM-sponsored resolution on state funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs, the AMA House of Delegates (HoD) reaffirmed existing policy that calls on the AMA to work with their state medical societies to urge state lawmakers to allocate at least the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended minimum amount of the state’s Tobacco Settlement Fund to tobacco cessation and prevention programs. This policy is in response to a growing trend by states to divert Tobacco Settlement Fund resources toward non-tobacco cessation and prevention projects.The HoD action raises the profile of this important issue within the House of Medicine and re-starts the 10 year activation period for this important policy.
ACPM thanks Fellows Robert Gilchick and Jason Spangler, the ACPM delegate and alternate delegate to the AMA, respectively, for their efforts in helping to advance preventive medicine policy at the AMA HoD meeting.
ACPM is seeking authors to write Perspectives in Prevention columns for publication on Medscape/WebMD in 2012 under the heading, "Perspectives in Prevention from the American College of Preventive Medicine.” The columns (2,000-3,000 words each) provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with recommendations and resources to improve prevention in practice. Submissions may focus on any issue in preventive medicine. For examples of previously published columns, visit http://www.acpm.org/?page=PerspectivesPrevent.
Six columns for 2012 are tentatively scheduled for submission in January, March, May, July, September and November. Authors will be offered an honorarium. To be considered for a column, please submit a brief topic description, CV with qualifications and/or samples of other published columns, preferred timeframe for submitting an article, and your contact information to Michele Surricchio at email@example.com. Your topic must be received by December 4, 2011. The author of each submission will be notified by January 2012.
5. ON YOUR BEHALF: ACPM MEETS WITH SPECIALTY SOCIETY LEADERS
ACPM senior staff attended the recent annual meeting of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) in Washington, DC. ACPM executive director Michael Barry participated in the Chief Executive Officers component group meeting as well as the council business meeting, while ACPM membership director Jennifer Edwards participated in the Membership Directors component group.
The meeting focus was on approaches to enhance the quality of health care. Keynote speakers included Patrick H. Conway, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discussing CMS’ efforts post health reform; and Richard Baron, MD, Director, Seamless Care Models Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS presenting payment models that support accountable care.An educational session also featured Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Mark E. Miller, PhD, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
6. USPSTF ISSUES FIRST REPORT TO CONGRESSThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) recently released its first annual report to Congress identifying the following high-priority evidence gaps intended to guide future targeted research: (1) Screening Tests: coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer, hepatitis C, hip dysplasia, (2) Behavioral Interventions: moderate- to low-intensity counseling for obesity, interventions to prevent child abuse and neglect, primary care screening for illicit drug use, and (3) Clinical Preventive Services Targeting Specific Populations and Age Groups: screening for osteoporosis in men, screening and counseling for alcohol abuse in teenagers, and aspirin use to prevent myocardial infarctions and strokes in adults 80 years of age and older.
To view the report, visit http://bit.ly/s6GHiH.
7. ACPM SIGNS LETTER URGING EXPANSION OF TRICARE TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM
ACPM joined a group of national public health and medical organizations in calling on the Department of Defense to include coverage of all FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications to all TRICARE beneficiaries. The current proposal from the Department of Defense seeks to limit coverage of tobacco cessation medications and does not extend coverage to members of the military residing overseas.
Timed to coincide with the "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching a new antibiotics use tracking system for hospitals. This new electronic tool will monitor patterns of antibiotic use in order to promote appropriate use of antibiotics, preserve the strength of existing antibiotics, and prevent resistant infections. This system will be implemented in 70 hospitals, and is part of the National Healthcare Safety Network, the nation’s premier tool for monitoring infections in health care facilities.
For more information please visit http://1.usa.gov/vC7je9.
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9. INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION SAVE LIVES AND MONEY
A new RWJF policy brief highlights recent evidence indicating that strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs could both save lives and result in significant U.S. health care cost savings and overall economic cost savings. The brief—Return on Investments in Public Health and Prevention: A Summary of Groundbreaking Research Studies—highlights the findings and recommendations from four studies released between 2008 and 2011.
A copy of the brief is available here: http://bit.ly/vH15fc.
10. SMOKERS UNDERUTILIZE PROVEN TREATMENT AND SERVICES FOR QUITTING
Most American adults who smoke wish they could quit, and more than half have tried within the past year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report shows 69% of current American adult smokers say they want to quit, and 52% tried to quit within the past year. The report shows 48% of smokers who saw a health professional in the past year recalled getting advice to quit, and 32% used counseling and/or medications in the past year. The use of these effective treatments can double to triple rates of successfully quitting. For more details read the full Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a2.htm.
11. LINKING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
Where we live, learn, work, and play can have a greater impact on our health than the medical care we receive, according to the November 2011 issue of Health Affairs. The issue, titled "Linking Community Development and Health,” explores how leaders in health—as well as housing, finance and economic development—are forging partnerships to transform people’s lives and low-income neighborhoods.
The issue examines how community development agencies and organizations can work more closely with the public health community to address social and economic determinants of health. Examples of collaborative projects reviewed in the journal include: (1) developers working with health researchers to collect baseline data on social and physical needs of residents to evaluate and document the impact that a project has on the community over time, (2) community development financial institution investing private-sector capital in health centers to improve health, and (3) programs that provide training and obtain secure employment for community residents in the fields of public health, environmental protection, and food service.
To access the full set of articles in the Health Affairs November issue, visit http://bit.ly/t1zAHa.
12. MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: DANNENBERG, KATZ, KIMBALL, AND LANE
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13. ABMQ OFFERS CERTIFICATION EXAM AT PM 2012
The American Board of Medical Quality will offer its two-hour certifying examination to physicians and other eligible professionals at Preventive Medicine 2012 in Orlando, FL.The exam will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. For details about the exam, study materials, and eligibility criteria, visit the ABMQ website at www.abmq.org.
14. ACPM COLLABORATES WITH ART AND SCIENCE OF HEALTH PROMOTION CONFERENCE
ACPM is an official collaborator for the upcoming 22nd Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, taking place April 11-13, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The core conference features tracks including: Coaching, Financial Analysis, Motivation I: Incentives, Motivation II: More Than Incentives, Opportunity I: Policy and Environment, Opportunity II: Culture, and Skill Building. For more information on the conference, visit: www.HealthPromotionConference.org.