Helping Your Patients Navigate Healthcare Reform
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has published new resources to help patients navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including state-specific guidance and FAQs on enrollment, a comprehensive resource guide on getting coverage for birth control, and guidance on what to do if an employer objects to providing birth control coverage. NWLC also operates the Pill4Us hotline (1-866-PILL4US or firstname.lastname@example.org) which assists women having difficulty accessing contraceptive coverage.
Improving Contraceptive Counseling: Projects to Assess Bedsider in Ob–Gyn Practice
Can new technologies and online educational materials improve contraceptive care and ob-gyn practice efficiency? Thanks to support from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the College recently granted several awards to ACOG Fellows to explore these questions by implementing and assessing the use of the free, web-based contraceptive support tool Bedsider (www.bedsider.org) in ob–gyn practice. Click here to find out more about these projects and how you can apply their findings to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contraceptive counseling in your practice.
Bedsider Providers: New Contraceptive Support Tool From Bedsider.org
The contraceptive support website, Bedsider.org, has launched a special Bedsider Providers website designed for clinicians and others who provide sexual health information to young adults. Among the many helpful features of this site are a section featuring Bedsider resources for your practice including step-by-step instructions for setting up birth control and appointment reminders for your patients, shareable information and photos for use on your own website or in your practice, a “provider to provider" section with articles written by peers, and a “Bedsider Research” section that will highlight findings from various studies that have evaluated how Bedsider works for both patients and providers.
Bedsider and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) have also partnered to create a LARC provider locator, a free web and mobile-friendly directory where women can find local providers who can insert an implant or an IUD. If you would like to add your information to the provider locator, click here to register.
“How I Practice” Video Series: Contraceptive Counseling
The "How I Practice" Video Series, short physician-to-physician educational segments available to Fellows on the ACOG website, features Eve Espey, MD, the College’s LARC Work Group Chair, sharing her clinical approach to contraceptive counseling. At the start of the segment, Dr. Espey notes the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the U.S, and stresses the importance of “mentioning birth control at every single opportunity at every single visit” in lowering the rate. Dr. Espey goes on to advise fellow ob-gyns that the best way to help patients avoid an unintended pregnancy is to recommend the most effective contraceptive methods: IUDs and the contraceptive implant.
CDC "App" for the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
The CDC has released an iPhone/iPad application for the US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (US MEC).This new tool gives providers an interactive way to access more than 1,800 recommendations for the safety of contraceptive methods among women and men with certain characteristics or medical conditions. Click here to download the application to your iPhone or iPad. Click here for ACOG Committee Opinion #505, Understanding and Using the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010.