|ACPM Headlines 12/20/13|
In this Issue
1. ACPM SUBMITS LETTER TO NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR
ACPM President Halley Faust, MD, MPH, FACPM sent a letter-to-the-editor of the New York Times touting the need for preventive medicine physicians in response to a December 14 article, "Solving the Shortage in Primary Care Doctors.” The article focused on the need to reshape the physician workforce through targeted subsidies for residents rather than maintain the incentives that reward the most lucrative residents in the hospital.
In his letter Dr. Faust argued, "The ACA requires accountable care organizations and medical homes to evaluate the health of the populations they serve. Only preventive medicine residents are trained in this type of population medicine…If we are to assess, develop, provide, and evaluate services for millions we need targeted subsidies to train preventive medicine physicians.”
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University have found that robust U.S. vaccination programs have prevented an estimated 100 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, diphtheria, and pertussis despite continued epidemics. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, "Contagious Diseases in the United States from 1888 to the Present” details the history of seven reportable diseases in the U.S. Using Project Tycho™, an open access public health database, researchers analyzed weekly surveillance reports of 56 notifiable diseases dating from 1888-2011.
3. ACPM TO AMEND CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
[re-published from December 9 edition]
The ACPM Board of Regents has voted to present "Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation” to the members for their consideration and approval at the College’s annual business meeting on February 21 in conjunction with Preventive Medicine 2014.
An organization’s "Articles of Incorporation,” previously referred to as a "Certificate of Incorporation,” is its highest level governance document. It is filed with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is formed. It provides the organization legal standing and is rarely amended. Articles of Incorporation document the purposes of the organization, and the responsibilities, liabilities, and rights of its directors and shareholders. ACPM’s Certificate of Incorporation was filed in North Carolina when the organization was founded in 1956. ACPM later acquired a certificate to operate in the District of Columbia.
The Board of Regents is recommending Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation to the members as part of a comprehensive governance review and overhaul begun in 2012 following the adoption of the College’s most-recent strategic plan. The Amended and Restated Articles are intended to bring the College’s governing document into compliance with current legal requirements and to more accurately reflect the College’s current mission, management, and governance practices. Consistent with best practice, the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation will eliminate the College’s constitution, leaving the College’s Bylaws to set forth the rules governing ACPM’s internal structure and management.
A brief summary of the changes and a copy of the Amended and Restated Articles have been posted on a secure page of the Members-only section of the College’s website for review by the members in advance of the February vote. The page includes a forum for submitting feedback and discussing the changes, and will soon include FAQ’s and responses based on members’ feedback.
ACPM’s annual membership dues renewal season is well underway, and members have been sent several reminders of the upcoming December 31 expiration date. If you have renewed, thank you for your continued support of the College. If not, 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.
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As the year comes to a close, so does the opportunity for making a tax-deductible donation for 2013. Consider joining your fellow ACPM members in the Prevention Matters. ACPM Matters. Your Gift Matters. campaign and make a contribution today. Your gift will support us as we advocate for preventive medicine specialists on Capitol Hill, deliver first-class education, develop innovative practice resources, and build a strong future for the College.Giving is easy. Visit www.acpm/donations and donate online before midnight on December 31, 2013.
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) will offer a free webinar series to help educate physicians in the areas of genomic medicine, advances in next-generation sequencing, and molecular diagnostics in maternal-fetal health and screening. ACPM is a supporting organization for the pre-recorded webinar series, which will consist of multiple 30-minute modules and provide an opportunity for CME (a certificate fee is required for those seeking CME credits) in this dynamic field.
The three webinar programs are on the role of genomics in cystic fibrosis carrier screening, noninvasive prenatal screening, and pre-implantation genetic testing. An additional video-recorded symposium on the fundamentals of using genomics in clinical practice is also available for viewing. Programs on using sequencing technologies to guide oncology treatment are planned. Please look for an announcement on the series in "Latest News" section of www.acpm.org in January.
7. FDA TAKES STEP TO LIMIT USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN ANIMALS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced final guidance and a proposed rule intended to address the inappropriate, or "injudicious,” uses of antibiotics in animals to help stem the growing problem of antibiotic-resistance. Final Guidance #213 lays out a path for veterinary pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily withdraw growth-promotion claims from their product labels. Together with the proposed Veterinary Feed Directive rule, the intention is to move all medically important antibiotics under more veterinary supervision, which means the days of buying large quantities of certain antimicrobials over the counter soon could be at an end.
How the agency plans to measure and report on the success of this approach, which hinges on voluntary cooperation from drug companies, will be critical in the coming months. Drug companies have 90 days to notify FDA of their intention.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a website to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.
The first report was released in 1964, and has since been updated 30 times. HHS will mark the 50th Anniversary by issuing a new report that will highlight the progress made in tobacco control and disease prevention, present new data on tobacco-related disease, and describe initiatives that could bring an end to the tobacco epidemic in the United States.
The full 2014 report is scheduled for release in mid-to-late January 2014, and Preventive Medicine 2014 will host the plenary session, "The U.S. Surgeon General: Fighting Tobacco for 50 Years,” with Surgeon General (Acting) RADM Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, on Saturday, February 22, 2014, in New Orleans, LA.
9. POLICY BRIEF HIGHLIGHTS POWER OF PREVENTION TO SAVE LIVES AND MONEY
A recent policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation underscores the importance of investments in proven, community-based prevention programs to save lives and money. "Return on Investments in Public Health: Saving Lives and Money” summarizes the findings from major studies on public health and prevention released between 2008 and 2013.
The brief highlights the fact that health care expenditures tied to smoking total $96 billion, and costs associated with hypertension and diabetes caused by obesity total $43 billion and $17 billion, respectively.
According to the brief, "Creating a culture of health in the United States requires a commitment to prevention. Preventing disease and injury is the most cost-effective, common-sense way to improve health; despite this fact, for every dollar spent on health care in the United States today, only about four cents goes towards public health and prevention.”
A report released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, finds that most of the United States is inadequately prepared to deal with infectious disease outbreaks, primarily because of limited resources and outdated systems and infrastructure. The report provides state-specific information and ratings based upon 10 key indicators of outbreak preparedness and offers solutions to remedy deficiencies.
Only 17 states and the District of Columbia scored greater than five of 10 indicators. The "most-prepared” state was New Hampshire, which scored eight out of 10. The "least prepared” states were Georgia, Nebraska, and New Jersey, which scored just two out of 10.
Key recommendations for improving preparedness include increasing vaccination rates for seasonal influenza and other routine vaccine-preventable diseases, prevention of and screening for HIV, and regular Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) drills for public health departments.
11. STATES SKIMPING ON TOBACCO PREVENTION PROGRAMS
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has updated its annual report noting that most states continue to skimp on spending for tobacco prevention programs. According to the report, "Fifteen years after the tobacco settlement, … states are continuing to spend only a miniscule portion of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use. The states have failed to reverse deep cuts to tobacco prevention and cessation programs that have undermined the nation’s efforts to reduce tobacco use.” The report found that North Dakota and Alaska are the only states currently funding tobacco prevention programs at the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
12. PROJECT #PREVMED SEEKS PREVENTIVE MEDICINE STORIES
#PREVMED is a multimedia project created by Dr. Shelly Choo, a Preventive Medicine Resident at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, looking into the field of preventive medicine and public health through video, photography, and most importantly storytelling. The project aims to answer the questions: Why do people enter preventive medicine? Why do people pick this field instead of something more lucrative like surgery or radiology?
Dr. Choo, with the help of ACPM members, seeks Preventive Medicine physicians who are willing to share their stories of what motivated them to enter this specialty and what they are doing with preventive medicine that is making a difference. The information will be used to inform future physicians and make this specialty more well-known to the public by showcasing how diverse, innovative and influential Preventive Medicine physicians can be, and hopefully will inspire medical students to enter this field. Please visit the project at http://www.prevmedmedia.com and submit your story.
Qology, an online platform created exclusively for healthcare practitioners, integrates peer collaboration with clinical search to help practitioners in the area of patient care. Qology combines robust clinical search with a secure physician-only social community to help physicians obtain answers to clinical questions quickly and easily by providing literature and clinical content. It also links physicians to anydiscussionstaking place around that same topic on the site.
Qology has indexed over 5 million clinical articles and treatment protocols from sources such as Pub Med, AHRQ, Med Page Today and the Daily Med drug compendium.If you are attending Preventive Medicine 2014 and would like to become a reviewer of this program, please send a short statement of interest to Maureen Simmons, MA, CFRE, ACPM Chief Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of your interest is Friday, January 3. Online training sessions will begin the week of January 6, 2014. To find out more about Qology please visit join.askqology.com/acpm.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released for public comment its strategic goals and cross-cutting fundamental strategies for FY 2014-2018. The EPA will continue to focus on addressing climate change, protecting America’s waters, cleaning up communities, chemical safety and pollution prevention, and protecting human health and the environment. In addition, the EPA plans to address several cross-cutting strategies focused on sustainability, increased partnerships, and increased visibility with the public. The comment period for the Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan will be open until January 3rd.