Latest updates on ACP's priorities, initiatives

ACP Spotlight offers readers a look at ACP's current top priorities and initiatives, as well as highlights from our e-newsletter, ACP Internist Weekly.

New app library offers diet, weight management apps for patients

ACP, the American Telemedicine Association, and ORCHA have developed a new app library that can help clinicians find safe and effective weight management apps to recommend to patients. All diet and weight management apps included in the library have been reviewed and meet or exceed the Digital Health Assessment Framework, a comprehensive set of criteria designed to find high-quality, safe, and effective apps.

Image by Elena Clair
Image by Elena Clair

All ACP members can register for free access to the app library and using upgrade code ACPPRO. Registered members may then also share this resource with their staff by sharing the same website and upgrade code.

ACP calls for improved health support in Indigenous communities

In a new position paper, ACP addresses the health disparities that are prevalent within Indigenous communities, focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, due to limited access to and funding for equitable health care support and services. The paper offers recommendations for public policymakers at the federal level to strengthen the health and well-being of Indigenous populations, including increased funding, improved support for wellness promotion and chronic disease prevention, and community-based collaboration to improve the health and welfare of these communities. The full paper was published Oct. 11 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACP receives $100,000 Diagnostic Excellence Grant Program award

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) granted awards to ACP and 10 other specialty societies seeking to improve and promote diagnostic excellence across the field of medicine. The competitive grant program is administered by CMSS and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation. The grant program will fund a diverse array of projects to support the development and dissemination of resources and programs to improve the timeliness, accuracy, safety, efficiency, patient-centeredness, and equity of diagnostic outcomes for patients in the U.S.

CMSS is a coalition of 48 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians across health care. More details on this award are available from CMSS.

New ACP case study examines ethics related to lab results, information- blocking rule

“Lab Result Reporting, Ethics, and the 21st Century Cures Act Rule on Information Blocking” is now available for CME credit and MOC points. The case study covers the benefits and potential ethical implications for patients and clinicians of the 21st Century Cures Act rule on information blocking, which standardizes formats to allow patients direct access to their clinical information.

This ethics case study was developed by ACP's Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee and the ACP Center for Ethics and Professionalism and can be accessed online. More information about the College's ethics and professionalism activities is available.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

  • American Diabetes Association, European Association for the Study of Diabetes update guidance on managing hyperglycemia. The updated consensus statement recommended equity in delivery of diabetes care, including access to more expensive drug classes; updated its information on sleep; and increased emphasis on weight management for diabetes, among other guidance. The statement was published Sept. 24 by Diabetologia and Sept. 28 by Diabetes Care and was summarized in the Oct. 4 ACP Internist Weekly.
  • Obesity prevalence varies significantly among Asian American subgroups. A cross-sectional study of adults involved in U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys found that overall obesity prevalence was 11.7% among Asian Americans but varied from as high as 16.8% in Filipino Americans and 15.3% in Japanese Americans to 6.5% in Chinese Americans and 6.3% in Vietnamese Americans. An accompanying editorial said the findings highlight the limits of BMI as an indirect measure for body fat. The trial and editorial were published Oct. 4 by Annals of Internal Medicine and summarized in the Oct. 4 ACP Internist Weekly.

ACP Internist Weekly is an e-newsletter published every Tuesday and available online. Subscribe online.