The Executive Desk: September’s Self-Evaluation

Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO

Welcome to the September issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter. With this issue, we’d like to do a little self-evaluation.

ACOG Rounds, as you know, strives to bring you news and key developments around ACOG that could affect your practice, patients, and the profession. Please let us know how we are doing. Take a few minutes to answer a very brief readership survey. We thank you for your help and support as we strive to serve you better. 

I would like to particularly point out a very fine blog post from ACOG President Dr. Thomas Gellhaus on how Ob-Gyns Can Empower Women to Choose Breastfeeding. By embracing our role as chief educators to our patients to help overcome fears and misinformation, he rightly asserts that ob-gyns should not underestimate our power to motivate patients. Are you doing all you can to encourage this healthy practice? ACOG provides a wealth of information on breastfeeding support including our new toolkit, recently updated Committee Opinion #658 on optimizing support for breastfeeding, and a recent breastfeeding webinar that is archived for your convenience.

Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll enjoy a captivating article on Zika in Puerto Rico: A Sign of What’s to Come in the United States written by our most recent LARC Fellow, Dr. Kristyn Brandi, a Family Planning Fellow at Boston Medical Center. She writes evocatively about the struggles in Puerto Rico due to a lack of resources. Please feel secure that you can count on ACOG to keep you as up to date as possible on the crisis. Visit ACOG’s Zika webpage for up-to-date resources.

Others interesting articles I highly recommend include:

  • Call for Member and Public Comment on Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Draft Recommendations. We have written before about ACOG’s leadership in drafting recommendations to update the 2011 women’s preventive health guidelines adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Now it is your turn. We need your comments on the draft recommendations, which will help determine which services we can routinely offer to our patients without co-pays, co-insurance, or a deductible.
  • ACOG is Here to Help You Get Ready for MACRA, The new Medicare quality payment program that takes the place of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. MACRA is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2017, but ACOG is actively pushing for July 1, 2017. It is never too soon to prepare, however. This article points you to several helpful tools on the ACOG website to help you get ready.
  • In Four Keys to Unchain the Shackles of Debt, the folks behind our highly successful Career Connection ob-gyn job board provide four keys to unlocking the burden of debt and reclaiming the fruits of our labor. The debt issue is particularly vexing for our younger members, and I hope you will find it helpful.

Thank you for all you do for the profession. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds.

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