In This Issue
2011 America's Health Rankings to be Released
New Leading by Example Report
Medicare to Offer New Preventive Service
New ActionToQuit Resources Available
Partnership Urges DoD to Improve Access to Tobacco Cessation Treatment
Partnership Supports Draft Obesity Screening Recommendation
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Partnership Pulse

 December 2011

 

Upcoming Release of 2011 America's Health Rankings

Partnership's President, Jud Richland, letter writing

will speak at the release of the 2011

America's Health Rankings, along with Dr. Regina Benjamin, the U.S. Surgeon General, and other public health leaders. America's Health Rankings is a joint effort between the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention. Every year, all 50 states are ranked based on a comprehensive set of measures that include health behaviors, public and health policies, community and environment conditions, and clinical care data. Collectively, these measures assess the nation's health state-by-state.  A lunch briefing will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC from 12:30-2 pm (ET) on Tuesday, December 6 to announce the new rankings. E-mail AHR2011@gloverparkgroup.com to RSVP. 

New Leading by Example Report Available

Partnership has released a new Leading by Example publication thatletter writing describes the experience of a worksite health promotion initiative in the Kansas City metro area. Leading by Example is Partnership's longstanding CEO-to-CEO worksite health promotion initiative. The new report documents the success of the Kansas City Collaborative (KC2), and includes real-world examples of the processes and practices used by the 16 employers that make up KC2 to improve employee health.

CMS Will Cover a New Preventive Service for Seniors

CMS recently announced it will add a new preventive service to Medicare. CMS will soon cover an annual face-to-face cardiovascular risk reduction visit that includes counseling for aspirin and a healthy diet.  Partnership previously petitioned CMS to cover aspirin counseling, and CMS used Partnership's research and advice in its analysis. The new benefit will contribute to the Million Hearts campaign, a joint effort by CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other partners to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. 

ActionToQuit Releases New Tobacco Cessation Resources

Partnership's ActionToQuit initiative hosted a webinar on November 3 to introduce its new guide for hospitals. The Joint Commission recently issued a new tobacco cessation measure set that hospitals can use to meet accreditation standards. Speakers from the Joint Commission and Massachusetts General Hospital spoke about the importance of hospitals playing a leadership role in helping patients quit using tobacco. Access the archived webinar here. ActionToQuit also has a new podcast available highlighting the Nevada state grant program. Access this podcast and other ActionToQuit podcasts here.

Partnership and Others Urge DoD to Improve Access to Tobacco Cessation Treatment

Partnership and other tobacco advocates sent a letter urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit, remove the exclusion for those stationed overseas, and allow tobacco cessation medications to be purchased at pharmacies, in addition to the mail order program. Tobacco use is high in the military, and those currently deployed and recently returned need access to tobacco cessation services. In September 2011, the Department of Defense released a proposed rule implementing a tobacco cessation benefit in TRICARE, the insurance plan provided to members of the military and their families.  

Partnership Supports Obesity Screening Recommendation

Partnership and other members of the STOP Obesity Alliance submitted comments to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in support of the draft obesity screening recommendation for adults. The USPSTF currently recommends screening adults for obesity and offering intensive counseling to those identified as obese. The draft recommendation is more specific and calls for physicians to offer or refer patients with a BMI greater than 30 to intensive, multi-component behavioral interventions. It states that patients do best when attending intensive behavioral intervention sessions 12-26 times in the first year of being treated.  

Partnership for Prevention was founded in 1991 by leaders dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Partnership seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.