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.

ACP calls for improvements in health care for incarcerated patients

Health Care During Incarceration: A Policy Position Paper of the American College of Physicians” was written by the ACP Health and Public Policy Committee and published Nov. 22, 2022, by Annals of Internal Medicine. Its recommendations include adequate funding for, and timely access to, necessary health care services that are evidence-based and meet community standards. The paper also recommends measures to ensure adequate nutrition, opportunity for physical activity, smoke-free policies and smoking cessation interventions, and access to recommended preventive health services during incarceration, among other policies.

“ACP recognizes that reducing health disparities in the quality of or access to health care for incarcerated populations will take concerted efforts by policymakers, administrators, legislative authorities, the medical community, and society as a whole,” the authors wrote. “Achieving this goal will require funding and implementation of a national public policy agenda that recognizes the vital importance of correctional health care toward achieving health equity for all and promoting the public health of our communities.”

New IM-ITE feedback feature in MKSAP 19

ACP recently launched a new MKSAP® 19 feature that allows residents to use feedback from the 2022 Internal Medicine In-Training Examination® (IM-ITE) to build a custom learning plan. The feature locates the educational objectives of all questions a resident answered incorrectly on the 2022 IM-ITE and links them to related MKSAP content, allowing physicians to plan their study based on the IM-ITE questions they missed. More information on the IM-ITE and MKSAP 19 is online.

Newly revised ACP Advance curriculum now available

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The ACP Advance QI curriculum provides internal medicine physicians and their teams with a series of interactive online modules to help with implementing a QI project at the practice level.

The newly updated version of the ACP Advance QI Curriculum is built on five core pillars:

  • Clinician Engagement and Ownership
  • Team-based Care
  • Patient and Family Engagement
  • Promotion of Health Equity
  • Promotion of Clinician Well-being

Internal medicine physicians who complete the curriculum are eligible for up to four AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, ABIM MOC points, and potentially patient safety credit. The curriculum is also a helpful resource for those in residency programs trying to meet the ACGME QI education requirement. ACP Advance QI curriculum is a free benefit for all ACP members.

Governor-elect Designee election results announced

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors is pleased to announce the Governor-elect Designees representing the Class of 2028. They will start their terms as Governors-elect after the Annual Business Meeting on April 29, 2023, and will take office as Governors in April 2024. A full list is online.

ICYMI: Highlights from ACP Internist Weekly

  • KDIGO guideline summary provides key points for treating diabetes, chronic kidney disease. Authors from the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Work Group provided a synopsis of key recommendations on comprehensive care, glycemic monitoring and targets, lifestyle interventions, antihyperglycemic therapies, and educational and integrated care approaches. The synopsis and an accompanying editorial were published Jan. 10 by Annals of Internal Medicine and covered in the Jan. 10 ACP Internist Weekly.
  • About 6% of older adults received a new sedative prescription after critical illness. A Canadian population-based study of 250,428 sedative-naive ICU survivors ages 66 years and older who filled a new sedative prescription within a week of hospital discharge also found that more than half maintained their prescriptions at six months. Prescribing practices varied across hospitals, suggesting the potential for such interventions as targeted discharge medication review involving community-based physicians and pharmacists, the authors noted. The study was published Jan. 4 by CHEST and summarized in the Jan. 10 ACP Internist Weekly.

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