The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has been awarded a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to work on capacity building activities for physicians and other health care professionals and local and state health departments that facilitate the integration of primary care and public health.
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The main focus of the cooperative agreement is to include professional development in health systems transformation (HST) on topics including, financing and service delivery reform, preventive medicine leadership in health systems transformation, policy drivers, among others. Project activities include developing educational materials, hosting regional meetings, hosting a day-long institute and webinar on health systems transformation. All these events are available for CME.
CPT Code for Falls Prevention
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, housed within CDC, has awarded a grant to ACPM to establish reimbursable CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes to screen and assess for falls in the older adult population. This is necessary for healthcare providers to be directly reimbursed for activities in support of fall prevention and to support promotional activities to encourage fall prevention in clinical settings. This project is currently in progress.
ACPM has received a grant create and deliver new lifestyle medicine education modules for providers in the CDC WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program.During the one-year project, ACPM will research, develop, and disseminate new lifestyle medicine curriculum modules and educational materials designed specifically for the needs of WISEWOMAN providers. The curriculum modules will be made available for CME.
ACPM has developed a childhood injury risk assessment tool for early childhood home visitation programs. Completed in March 2014, this tool is designed to help home visitors start a conversation with families and educate them on major causes of injury in the home. It includes assessment questions, educational topics, and references for home visitors to gain additional background knowledge on each injury topic.
ACPM has been awarded a grant to develop and pilot-test an electronic clinical decision module for primary care providers to educate older adult patients on strategies to prevent falls. This project is currently in progress.