The Executive Desk: Ready to Serve

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

Welcome to the February issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter.

As the new administration takes its place in Washington, DC and readies its agenda to hopefully serve the interests of all Americans, I am reminded that it is always our goal at ACOG to serve you well. We are listening, and we care about the many challenges you face every day.

In this issue, we are pleased to provide information and guidance that we hope will serve you and your patients well on topics such as cervical cancer, intervention during pregnancy and birth, the MACRA Quality Payment Program, preventing chronic disease in women and children, and PregSource™—a new NICHD website and app to help women track their pregnancy experiences.

In his most recent President’s Blog, ACOG President Tom Gellhaus, MD, relates ob-gyns’ crucial role in protecting women from cervical cancer. In another, he asks for your support in urging Congress to not repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement in place. There is too much at stake for women’s health care to do otherwise.

In ACOG ’17 Comes to Paradise,we get you primed and ready to visit one of America’s most beautiful and enticing cities for the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. There is so much to do in San Diego, you will want to come for the science and surgery, but stay for the sun and fun.

In MACRA Quality Payment Program Is Here to Stay. Are You Ready? we provide information, tools, and resources to help you every step of the way as you educate yourself on if and how your practice will need to comply with the new Medicare program. 

In Crowdsourcing Comes to Pregnancy with PregSource™  we ask for your help in getting your pregnant patients to participate in sharing their pregnancy experiences. This new NICHD website and app has ACOG’s support and will not only provide a valuable experience to your patients but will also eventually provide aggregated, de-identified data to help ob-gyns inform their patient care.

In Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Project Successfully Works to Prevent Chronic Disease in Women and Children, we will bring you up-to-date information on the success of this locally-based project and information on how you can help combat instances of chronic disease in women and children.

And, as always, ACOG Rounds is your go-to source to review all the latest clinical practice guidance documents released in January and February that will keep you practicing at peak efficiency.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Please enjoy this issue of ACOG Rounds. Don’t forget that it is now time to renew your ACOG membership for 2017.  We hope you will maintain your membership in ACOG.

Your comments are always welcome at

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