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.
With extensive backgrounds and skills in public health and clinical care, preventive medicine physicians are best equipped to serve as leaders in integration efforts. Learn more about the preventive medicine specialty and the work of our members.
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.The development of a CPT code for falls risk assessment will allow healthcare providers to be directly reimbursed for providing a falls risk assessment to their patients in a clinical setting.In fee‐for‐service payment environments, in which the majority of Medicare patients currently receive care, physicians only receive reimbursement for services for which there are specific reimbursement codes, such as CPT codes. In such environments, services for which no direct reimbursement method exists—including fall prevention—are likely underutilized.This project is currently in progress.
The purpose of this project is to assist the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation to increase physician/clinician awareness of prediabetes as a serious health condition and to increase the number of physician/clinicians who are screening, testing, and referring patients with prediabetes to a CDC recognized diabetes prevention programs.
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.
ICRC Cross Thematic Networks
This project is intended to leverage the collective expertise of the leading injury and violence prevention researchers and scientists within Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs) to further the field’s thinking and strategy around critical challenges through the development of up to two thematic Cross-Center networks. The development and collaborative structure of the networks will serve as a pilot for future collaborations and partnerships.
ACPM has received funding from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to develop materials that will promote and enhance informed decision making for men considering prostate cancer screening decisions and their providers
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.
The purpose of this project is to establish a two-month Zika-focused practicum rotation for preventive medicine residents in state and local health departments. ACPM will screen and select residents for placement and priority will be given to state and local health departments in those states at greatest risk of Zika.
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.