Dr. Boris Lushniak (former Acting Surgeon General) &
Dr. Paul Jung (ACPM Board Member) January 19, 2017
What is preventive medicine? Specifically, what is the specialty of preventive medicine, and how should it best be described? The specialty of preventive medicine is poorly understood, not only by the medical profession and the general public, but even among some of its practitioners. Currently, there is no unifying, vernacular explanation of the specialty of preventive medicine, to its detriment. This paper presents the argument that preventive medicine is the medical specialty for public health, which should be the preferred identity for the specialty. Read the full article.
A commentary published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine describes the utility and importance of the recently-released Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a first-of-its-kind curriculum that teaches physicians how to incorporate lifestyle medicine into practice and establishes a new standard for primary care focused on disease prevention, health promotion, and care coordination.
Prevention and Public Health Fund
January 9, 2017
ACPM joined 333 organizations on a letter to Congress warning that repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would leave significant funding gaps for essential public health programs. The letter urged congressional leadership to protect funding for prevention and public health programs.
HHS Secretary Nomination
December 19, 2016
ACPM sent a letter to Representative Price on his nomination to be the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACPM urged that, "Congress to join ACPM as an ardent supporter of the requirement that all insurance products provide first-dollar coverage for clinical preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Women's Preventive Services Initiative, and Bright Futures. Furthermore, we ask that you retain the funding provided by the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which supports a broad range of public health activities including community and clinical prevention initiatives; research, surveillance and tracking; public health infrastructure; immunizations and screenings; tobacco prevention; and public health workforce and training."
ACPM will fund 3 health care organizations/practices to develop and implement a protocol for screening, testing, and referring patients with prediabetes to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program, either through the EHR or by using another non-electronic approach. Award recipients will work with ACPM to document their experiences and lessons learned as case studies to inform and teach others.
ACPM and the CDC are hosting three in-person listening sessions to explore the role of providers in implementing the CDC's 6|18 Initiative. If you are involved or interested in preventing or addressing any of the initiative's six priority health conditions—asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, healthcare-associated infections, tobacco, and unintended pregnancies—we want to hear from you! This is a rare opportunity to share your expertise, engage with fellow providers, and be a voice for prevention in your community. Space is limited to 40 participants for the listening sessions to be held in Atlanta, Houston and New York City.
ACPM members are engaged in reducing tobacco use at the individual and population level through various ways: Advocating policy, developing position statements and implementing CDC grants to advance federal initiatives.
On World Diabetes Day the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the leading professional association for physicians dedicated to prevention, praises the announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that it will expand coverage of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) model to patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The expansion will ensure at-risk seniors and people with disabilities have access to an evidence-based DPP that can help lower their risk factors and prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes.
Beverage Makers Support Health Organizations and Lobby Against Public Health Legislation
News - October 13, 2016
A study by Daniel Aaron and Michael Siegel published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine investigates the nature, extent, and implications of soda company sponsorship of U.S. health and medical organizations, as well as corporate lobbying expenditures on soda- or nutrition-related public health legislation from 2011 to 2015. Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo were found to sponsor a total of 96 national health organizations and lobbied against 29 public health bills intended to reduce soda consumption or improve nutrition. The full paper is available online as well as an article from The New York Times providing context for their research and the funding practices exposed.
ACPM is looking for five to eight preventive medicine physicians that have expertise in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to serve on an advisory council for at least one year. The advisory council will help implement a one-year CDC grant and assist ACPM in responding to future notices of proposed rulemaking on Medicare coverage of the National DPP.
The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, launched today, is the first medical curriculum to comprehensively address the knowledge and skill gaps doctors cite as major barriers to counseling patients about lifestyle interventions. Participating physicians gain a foundation of knowledge in lifestyle medicine and learn new therapeutic tools to incorporate into practice that can help prevent, treat, and reverse lifestyle-related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Consider Referring Patients to the Upcoming COSMOS Clinical Trial Studying Cocoa Flavanols and CVD, Supported by Mars Symbioscience and Pfizer
ANNOUNCEMENT - September 15, 2016
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, are conducting a five-year, large-scale randomized controlled trial to test the effect of a concentrated cocoa extract and multivitamin supplements in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. The Cocoa Supplement & Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) will enlist 18,000 men and women from the United States. Cocoa flavanols—natural bioactive compounds in the cocoa bean—have been shown to have beneficial effects on CVD risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol (HDL and LDL), insulin and inflammation. However it is unknown whether these benefits translate into overall reduced rates of CVD.
Preventive medicine specialists are encouraged to refer patients to participate (those interested can call 800-633-6913 or check the COSMOS website above). This research is being supported by ACPM Corporate Roundtable members Mars Symbioscience and Pfizer. The ACPM Corporate Roundtable is an ongoing forum for mission-aligned private sector organizations to discuss issues of shared interest with College leadership and advance projects of mutual benefit.
ACPM Advisory Council Submits Recommendations on Proposed Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
NEWS - September 2, 2016
Earlier this year, ACPM formed the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Advisory Council to respond to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notice of proposed rulemaking on the Medicare expansion of the DPP model (CMS-1654). The Council was composed of preventive medicine physician members with expertise in prediabetes and the delivery of the DPP, including Kaylan Baban, MD, MPH; Ayanna Buckner, MD,MA; Michele Etling, MD, MSPH, PhD; Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH; Shaylona Kirk, MD, MPH, FACPM; Nuria Lopez-Pajares, MD, MPH; Heather Readhead, MD, MPH; Franciso Tejeda, MD.
On September 2, the Council submitted a public response to Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt detailing recommended changes to be incorporated into the final rule to ensure optimal implementation and long-term success of the program. ACPM would like to thank the Council members for their service in producing and submitting these recommendations to CMS.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $6.8 million to national public health partners—including ACPM—to support Zika response. The funding is being distributed by CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support through an existing cooperative agreement and will help enhance surge capacity for Zika case identification and mosquito surveillance.
Audio and presentation slides are available for each speaker at the Building Community Health & Wellbeing through Business, Culture and Policy symposium held February 23, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The one-day event explored the impact of a variety of societal influences on community health and included speakers: Robin Schepper, Robert W. Carr, Rick Brush, Tevi Troy, and many others.
The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force recently launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America resource, a web-based mapping tool that will inform data-driven decision making at the intersections of health, telecommunications, and emerging technologies. ACPM member Yahya Shaikh played a central role in the platform's development and ACPM President-Elect Bob Carr spoke at the launch event on August 2.
ACPM Awarded Grant to Develop Culinary Medicine Elective
ANNOUNCEMENT - August 9, 2016
ACPM has recently been awarded a grant from the Ardmore Institute of Health to create an educational course on culinary medicine. The course will to be added as an elective of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program and serve as an accredited introduction to culinary medicine for physicians and applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. The course will cover common barriers to healthy eating and meal preparation habits along with ways to set healthy eating goals, build cooking confidence, and leverage culinary resources. Dani Pere, ACPM Associate Executive Director, and Liana Lianov, ACPM member and Lifestyle Medicine Faculty Director, will be leading this project for the College. It is anticipated the new course will be available in one year.
The ACPM Choosing Wisely® Task Force has published plain language recommendations for medical professionals and patients regarding five of the most overused preventive services contributing to wasteful healthcare spending and unnecessary complications for healthy patients. The rationale behind each recommendation illustrates how treatments designed to promote health or catch conditions early can actually cost patients more money and lead to worse health outcomes in the long run.
ACPM and our partner the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) are proud to introduce the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a new comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum designed for physicians with an interest in learning the basic principles of lifestyle medicine.
The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) and American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) announced today a new strategic partnership to improve collaboration between their members and increase the use of exercise and fitness to prevent and combat chronic diseases.
The American College of Preventive Medicine has provided a set of recommendations highlighting critical areas for the development of healthcare policy, public health practices, and continued research which aims to reduce morbidity, mortality, and the associated personal and societal costs of HCV infection.
We recently redesigned this website to better serve our members and the preventive medicine community. We heard you loud and clear through the years and are proud to deliver an improved online experience. Learn more and provide your feedback.
ACPM Joins Total Worker Health Program
ANNOUNCEMENT - April 29, 2016
ACPM is now an affiliate partner of the CDC's Total Worker Health program, administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This affiliation will allow ACPM to broaden it's Lifestyle Medicine Initiative and offer more opportunities for members to engage with the Total Worker Health program in the advancement of worker safety, health, and well-being.
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the leading U.S.-based professional association for physicians dedicated to prevention, lauded the announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today that a pilot program of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) has shown to improve healthcare quality while reducing costs. This recognition is an important step toward Medicare covering enrollment in this preventive service to treat diabetes.
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and its Corporate Roundtable released a joint statement today stressing the need to incorporate lifestyle medicine into clinical practice to lower rates of chronic disease in America.
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) will host Preventive Medicine 2016, February 24–27, for more than 700 medical professionals dedicated to disease prevention and public health. Organized around the theme "The Power of Prevention," the meeting will feature lectures and discussions covering topics such as opioid abuse, diabetes prevention, the Flint water crisis, the Zika virus, emergency preparedness, and many more.
Research published in the journal Obesity has shown how difficult it can be for patients and physicians to find a weight-loss program rigorous enough to meet evidence-based weight management practices. The authors concluded that the research suggests there are few rigorous weight-loss clinics in their region and that those following evidence-based guidelines are difficult to identify through public-facing information alone. Evidence like this shows the need for more concise and direct ways of communicating the rigor of weight-loss programs directly to customers and medical professionals.
President Obama's FY 2017 budget request includes the additional funding required to complete the nationwide expansion of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The grant-based program, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control currently operates in 32 states supporting violent death surveillance activities by state health department personnel.
ACPM, the leading U.S.-based physician organization focused on evidence-based preventive medicine and public health, announced today that it will host a conference titled "Building Healthy Communities through Business, Culture and Policy." The conference will be co-hosted by the ACPM Corporate Roundtable.