|ACPM Headlines 1/6/11|
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. CONGRESSIONAL AGREEMENT ON FY 2011 BUDGET STILL ELUSIVE
Unable to muster the votes necessary to complete work on the FY 2011 budget, the 111thCongress adjourned after passage of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will keep government agencies operating at FY 2010 funding levels through March 4, 2011. While the new House Republican leadership will now have a greater say on final FY 2011 spending levels and likely will work to decrease spending for federal programs, a final spending package will require negotiations with Senate Democrats who must also approve the measure prior to its enactment.
The FY 2011 spending proposals under consideration by the House and Senate prior to adjournment both contained funding increases for preventive medicine residency training programs. The 112th Congress was sworn in on January 5.
There still is time to register for ACPM’s free, live CME/MOC webinar presenting the consensus physician competencies in lifestyle medicine and exploring how employers might leverage the competencies in collaboration with employee’s physicians. The webinar, "Lifestyle Medicine Approaches to Effective Employer Health and Wellness Initiatives,” will air January 26, 2011, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm ET.
The program, supported by an educational grant from EHE International, will feature a panel of experts in the field of lifestyle medicine and workplace wellness and from a leading employer wellness program, who will present: the lifestyle medicine definition, competencies, and rationale for development of the competencies; how such competencies can translate to or be integrated with employee wellness programs; actionable steps employers can take to promote the physician-patient dialog around lifestyle interventions, prescriptions, and action plans as a first line of therapy; and resources employers and others can use and share with their constituents to improve medical care, disease prevention, and health promotion practices.
Registrations are filling up fast, so be sure to register today at http://acpm.org/LifestyleMedicine/.
3. ACPM 2011 BOARD OF REGENTS ELECTION UNDERWAY
The ballots for the election of ACPM Board members and the ratification of proposed changes to the ACPM Constitution were sent to all voting members via the electronic survey service Zoomerang on Thursday, January 6th. The ballot contains the following officer and Regent positions up for election: President-Elect; Occupational and Aerospace Medicine Regents; and the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast Regents.
You can review the candidates for each office as well as the six proposed changes to the ACPM Constitution (addressing ACPM membership and governance structure issues) by visiting www.acpm.org/elections. Also please ensure your dues are current by contacting Jennifer Edwards at ACPM.
4. TIME TO PAY 2011 DUES AND CONTINUE RECEIVING BENEFITS
Haven't paid your 2011 dues yet? A big thank you to those who have already paid and a reminder to the rest that invoices are due January 31 to ensure your benefits will not be interrupted. There is no better time than now to engage with ACPM and your preventive medicine colleagues during these exciting, yet challenging, times in healthcare. Here are just a few benefits you receive each year with your ACPM membership.
·Preventive Medicine 2011– ACPM's upcoming annual conference, to be held in San Antonio, TX, is the premier event for professionals in disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM offers steep discounts on its registration fees to members.
·ACPM Publications –The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), the peer-reviewed journal, is published 12 times per year and features original articles and reviews. ACPM Headlines, ACPM's electronic newsletter, highlights recent happenings at the College, developments in preventive medicine, and ACPM member activities.
The College also continues its robust advocacy efforts to strengthen the specialty of preventive medicine and improve the health of all Americans. Visithttp://www.acpm.org/policy.htm for more information.
We need the support of our members to make all of this happen! Your dues must be paid in full in order to receive the member rate to attendPreventive Medicine 2011or to vote in the current ACPM Board elections. You can pay your dues online by visiting: http://www.acpm.org/members/default.cfm. Your user id is your last name and your password is your membership id (located in the top right corner of the invoice). If you have any questions about your invoice, or wish to pay over the phone, please contact Jennifer Edwards at ACPM or by calling 202-466-2044 x(1)104.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has published a supplement to the latest issue of the journal that includes six articles and a broad array of commentaries providing a fundamental understanding of the fact that where we live, learn, work and play has as much to do with our health as the health care we receive.
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the supplement addresses factors ranging from early childhood education, to homes and communities, to the economic rationale for improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans.
You should have recently received the January 2011 supplement, titled Strong Medicine for a Healthier America, in your mailbox. It also is available online at http://www.ajpm-online.net/.
6. ACPM URGES MEMBER PARTICIPATION IN PAYMENT PREFERENCES SURVEY
Three Universities are currently organizing a survey study across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe to shed light on the payment mechanisms of healthcare provision. Policy makers are increasingly examining and/or implementing schemes that alter the scope and criteria of payment. Next to Salary, Fee For Service, Prospective Payment and Capitation, new forms are introduced such as Pay for Performance, Shared Savings, etc. To understand and inform how care providers are paid, and will be paid in the future, the study is intended to assess the preferences of multiple stakeholders (physicians, policy makers, etc.) for payment systems, how these stakeholders value various payment system effects, which tradeoffs they make, and how these choices differ between stakeholder groups.
ACPM lends its support to this study and encourages all of its members to participate. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the survey. Those who participate in the study will receive a detailed study report explaining the study findings, with comparisons across health systems and across stakeholder groups.
You can access the survey online through:
7. ACPM SEEKING PHYSICIANS VERSED IN SOCIAL MEDIA
ACPM is seeking one-to-two preventive medicine physicians for a panel on social media and the practice of preventive medicine at its upcoming annual meeting,Preventive Medicine 2011. If you use social media as part of your practice of preventive medicine, and are interesting in participating in this panel, please contact Mike Barry at ACPM and send a brief statement about your relevant experience along with your CV or biosketch.
Policy and Practice
8. NEW POLICY BRIEF EXAMINES PROVISION OF CLINICAL PREVENTIVE SERVICES
A new policy brief by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the importance of preventive services, the expansion of access to those services required by the Affordable Care Act, and the pros and cons of expanding access to screenings and other tests that might increase costs without necessarily improving health outcomes.
To view the policy brief, please visit http://bit.ly/fDVVRL.
9. NATIONAL PREVENTION STRATEGY RECOMMENDATIONS OPEN FOR COMMENT
The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, created by the Affordable Care Act, has released draft recommendations for public comment of a first-ever National Prevention Strategy. The draft recommendations, highlighting the overarching priorities focusing on communities, have been posted online athttp://bit.ly/fOR7qH.
Comments may be submitted about the recommendations by January 13, 2011 to:www.hhs.gov/news/reports/nphps.html. For more information on the Council, please visitwww.healthcare.gov/nationalpreventioncouncil. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to discuss the strategy directly with Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, who chairs the Council, at the ACPM Town Hall session in San Antonio, February 18, as part of Preventive Medicine 2011.
10. NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS RELEASE JOINT GUIDELINES FOR THE PRIMARY PREVENTION OF STROKE
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have published new guidelines that provide an overviewof the evidence on established and emerging risk factors forstroke and evidence-based recommendations for the reduction of risk of a first stroke. Published in the most recentStrokejournal of the American Heart Association,Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Stroke. A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides evidence identifying a variety of specific factors that increase the risk of a firststroke and provide strategies for reducing that risk.
View the executive summary here:http://bit.ly/gsivPi
11. HOSPITAL VISITS FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE ON THE RISE
The number of emergency room visits resulting from misuse or abuse of prescription drugs has nearly doubled over the last five years, according to new federal data. Emergency room visits resulting from prescription drugs have exceeded those related to illicit drugs for three consecutive years. In a growing number of states, deaths from prescription drugs now exceed those from motor vehicle accidents, with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin playing a leading role.
ACPM has determined that current physician education on use, misuse, and abuse of pain medications has not been innovative or effective. With support from Purdue Pharma, ACPM is developing a "Use, Abuse, Misuse and Disposal of Prescription Pain Medication Time Tool” to provide concise, easily digestible, evidence-based physician and patient education to help bridge this gap in knowledge. The Time Tool is expected to launch at the end of January.
For Americans 65 and older, exercise and vitamin D supplements can help reduce the risk of falling, according to a recent review from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The findings come from the task force’s review of54 clinical trials to determine the benefits and possible harmful effects of interventions aimed at preventing falls in elderly people. The review is available in the Dec. 21 issue of theAnnals of Internal Medicine.
13. CDC RELEASES NEW ESTIMATES ON FOODBORNE PATHOGENS
A new CDC report on foodborne illnesses estimates that 48 million illnesses are diagnosed annually, with 9.4 million of those illnesses directly linked to 31 known food pathogens.The remaining 38 million illnesses result from unspecified agents, which include known agents without enough data to make specific estimates, agents not yet recognized as causing foodborne illness, and agents not yet discovered. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, noted in response to the report that,"Foodborne illnesses and deaths are preventable, and as such, are unacceptable."
To view a copy of the CDC report, please visithttp://bit.ly/gfsrND.
14. 2010 STD TREATMENT GUIDELINES RELEASED
The 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines update was released last month in the CDCMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The guidelines update the previous 2006 guidelines. The updates can be viewed at:http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/
15. APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR LUTHER TERRY FELLOWSHIP
The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), are seeking applications for the thirteenth Luther L. Terry Senior Fellowship in Preventive Medicine. The fellow serves as ODPHP’s Senior Clinical Advisor for two years.
Several young preventive medicine physicians and ACPM members have completed this dynamic fellowship. For more information on this Fellowship including information on how to apply, please visit:http://www.aptrweb.org.
16. HAITI UPDATE WEBINAR: CHOLERA AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES
The American Medical Association is hosting a CME webinar on the current status of public health and health care in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake and subsequent disease outbreaks. The webinar, slated for January 12, at 3 pm ET, will provide a close examination of the basic clinical, epidemiological, and public health aspects of cholera in Haiti at the individual and population levels.
Register today by visiting:http://bit.ly/ezpaI0.