|ACPM Headlines 12/3/10|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. HHS LAUNCHES HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched Healthy People 2020, officially releasing on December 2 the decade’s national health promotion and disease prevention objectives. The launch featured remarks from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard K. Koh and members of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. There also was an introduction and orientation to the Healthy People 2020 objectives and web site, followed by a panel discussion about the uses of Healthy People 2020. To learn more about the newly released objectives, visit http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx.
2. HISTORIC FOOD SAFETY BILL CLEARS SENATE
Historic food safety reform legislation passed the Senate earlier this week on a bipartisan 73 to 25 vote. The bill represents the first major overhaul of food safety law for the Food and Drug Administration in 70 years.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will protect consumers by:
·Requiring food manufacturers to have food-safety plans that will prevent contaminated food from reaching consumers.
·Setting responsible standards for produce safety.
·Requiring more frequent inspections of food facilities to ensure compliance with the rules.
·Setting standards for imported food to end the practice by foreign producers of dumping unsafe food on the American market.
The House of Representatives must pass the Senate version before President Obama can sign the legislation into law. More information about the bill can be found at:http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510
3. IOM WEIGHS IN ON VITAMIN D AND CALCIUM DEBATE
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has updated the 1997 dietary Reference Intake Values for calcium and vitamin D and has concluded, based on current, credible evidence: 1) calcium and vitamin D are important for bone health but have not been shown beneficial for other health conditions; 2) Americans, with few exceptions, are receiving adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D; and 3) higher levels of calcium and vitamin D do not confer added health benefits and may lead to other health problems.
For more information on the IOM recommendations, please visit: http://bit.ly/fkr0Py.
4. ACPM-SPONSORED STUDY ON ASPIRIN UTILIZATION PUBLISHED
Findings from an ACPM-sponsored study on the use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular events was published in the September-October edition of the American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ). The article, "Advancing Aspirin Utilization: A Review of Clinical and Systems-Based Interventions,” was authored by ACPM Past-President Michael D. Parkinson, ACPM members Jaspal Ahluwalia and David Shih, ACPM Executive Director Michael Barry, and ACPM Fellow Clyde Schechter.
The article documented the results of an ACPM-sponsored review of the literature related to delivery of clinical preventive services and the recommendations of an ACPM-convened expert panel who reviewed the evidence and identified best practices to improve aspirin counseling and use. The panel recommended a prevention systems cascade of reinforcing strategies and tools to maximize appropriate aspirin use. The work of the expert panel served as a precursor to ACPM’s development of an office-level intervention tool kit, Aspirin Talks: Start a Lifesaving Conversation, designed to help clinicians engage in a meaningful conversation about aspirin with their patients.
AJMQ is the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality, a long-time partner of ACPM. An abstract of the article can be found at http://bit.ly/fBw8Tm.
5. "CREATING HEALTHY OPPORTUNITIES: CONVERSATIONS WITH ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXPERTS” PODCASTS AVAILABLE
The ACPM Adolescent Health Initiative, together with its partner grantees (http://www.acpm.org/ah/partners_PIPPAH.htm), are pleased to announce the release of the companion podcast series,"Creating Healthy Opportunities: Conversations with Adolescent Health Experts.”The series, which also includes a set of print interviews, features Shay Bilchik, JD, Jane Brown, PhD, Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Abigail English, JD, and Richard Kreipe, MD—experts from diverse areas of the field of adolescent health who cover topics ranging from the juvenile justice system and positive youth development to sexuality in media and cultural competency.
All interviews were conducted by Karen Brown, a public radio reporter and freelance journalist who specializes in health care.
The interviews are now available on the ACPM Adolescent Health website under products and publications: http://www.acpm.org/ah/AHC.htm.
6. ON YOUR BEHALF: ACPM MEETS WITH SPECIALTY SOCIETY LEADERS
ACPM representatives attended the recent meeting of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) in Chicago. ACPM's representative to the council, Dr.Rachel Rubin, attended the council representatives' forum and the council business meeting, while ACPM executive director Michael Barry participated in the Chief Executive Officers component group meeting and ACPM membership director Jennifer Edwards participated in the Membership Directors component group. The keynote address, "Challenges to the Profession in an Era of Health Reform," was delivered by Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Key agenda items at the CMSS meetings included feedback on the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies, board certification and physician licensure, and licensure for physicians who do not practice clinical medicine. The meeting also featured a joint luncheon with leaders of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards, as well as a post-election analysis from Bill Black, Senior Partner at Fleishman-Hillard, titled The Impact of the 2010 Interim Elections on US Healthcare Policy.
Founded in 1965, CMSS was created to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern.CMSS represents 32 leading medical professional societies, with a collective membership of more than 650,000 U.S. physicians. For more information on the CMSS and ACPM's role in it, visit http://www.acpm.org/CMSS.htm.
Policy and Practice
7. CMS ANNOUNCES NEW CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID INNOVATION
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has formally established a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation charged with exploring ways to reform Medicare and Medicaid’s payment and delivery systems that will reduce costs while improving quality. Richard Gilfillan, MD, a family physician who served as president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan, will serve at the Center’s acting director.
To learn more about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, please visit http://bit.ly/bsfjA7.
8. ACPM URGES LIMITED NUMBER OF GOALS FOR NATIONAL PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION STRATEGY
ACPM joined with nearly 80 other public health organizations in signing a letter to Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, urging the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (NPS) "set a limited number of broad, universally embraced health goals for the nation.” Dr. Benjamin is the chair of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Council charged with developing an overall prevention strategy for the country.
The letter noted, "We hope the NPS will frame for federal agencies, policymakers, and the American people the evidence-based argument that multiple factors contribute to long, healthy lives. Many things the federal government does—from education to violence prevention to community development—contribute to longevity, along with quality health care and public health initiatives.”
ACPM nominated a slate of preventive medicine physicians to the National Prevention and Health Promotion Advisory Council.
To view the ACPM sign-on letter please visit, http://www.acpm.org/NPS-letter-to-SG.pdf.
Research and Reports
9. USPSTF RELEASES DRAFT RECOMMENDATION FOR BLADDER CANCER
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft recommendation for bladder cancer screening, stating "current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for bladder cancer in asymptomatic adults.” The release updates the USPSTF 2004 "D” recommendation to "I.”
The USPSTF is accepting public comments on its draft recommendation for bladder cancer screening until December 28, 2010. The USPSTF now issues a call for public comment on all screening recommendations to comply with the new transparency requirements included in the Affordable Care Act.
For more information on the draft recommendation and to provide public comments, please visithttp://bit.ly/cy0SzP.
10. CDC RELEASES STD SURVEILLANCE REPORT
The CDC releas edits annual report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2009,presenting statistics and trends for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in theUnited States through 2009.This publication summarizes national surveillance data on the three notifiable diseases for which there are federally-funded control programs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
The report shows the national rate of gonorrhea is at its lowest level since records were started to be kept in 1941, chlamydia is up 19% since 2006, and syphilis is rising much more slowly and appears to have peaked among females. The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/std/stats.
11. NY TIMES REVIEWS INSTANT RECESS: BUILDING A FIT NATION 10 MINUTES AT A TIME
ACPM Fellow Dr. Antronette Yancey’s book, Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 MINUTES AT A TIME, recently was reviewed by the New York Times. Dr. Yancey’s book demonstrates the value of two 10-minute breaks of enjoyable communal activity as part of people’s everyday lives. The 10-minute sessions can be instituted wherever people gather: day care centers, schools, workplaces, conferences, places of worship, senior centers and the like.
To read more of the review, please visithttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/health/23brody.html?ref=health.
12. ABIM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM GRANT PROGRAM
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation will award grants for Putting the Charter into Practice, a program to advance professionalism among practicing physicians. This grant program will facilitate the development of innovative, emerging strategies to advance medical professionalism, specifically with regard to appropriate health care decision-making and stewardship of health care resources. Applicants from health systems/hospitals, academic medical centers and medical groups are encouraged to apply. The proposed initiatives must target practicing physicians. The ABIM Foundation will award up to five grants of up to $20,000 each in 2011. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2011. Interested applicants should visit www.abimfoundation.org to access the RFP or contact Amy Cunningham at (215) 606-4123 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
13. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR JOAN H. TISCH DISTIGUISHED FELLOW IN PUBLIC HEATLH
The Hunter College of the City University of New York is seeking nominations for the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health. The selected Fellow will receive a generous stipend and use of a fully equipped office and a small apartment in the Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.
The Roosevelt House Fellow will contribute to the Hunter College community by teaching a course, at either the graduate or undergraduate level; leading a faculty seminar; giving a public lecture; helping plan the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum (an annual event co-sponsored by The Aspen Institute); and hosting at least one brown-bag lunch for students.
The minimum requirements to apply are:
For more information on the Fellowship, including how to submit your nomination, please email: email@example.com
14. 101 CAREERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROFILES ACPM MEMBERS
ACPM Member Beth Seltzer’s new book, 101 Careers in Public Health, provides numerous career options in public health as well as highlighting the various avenues physicians have taken to obtain these careers. Dr. Seltzer profiles several ACPM members in her book, including:
For more information about the book, please visit: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826117687.