Clinical Practice: Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Committee Meets to Revamp Guidelines

On May 23 and 24, 2016, representatives from ACOG, American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, and several other organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of women, met at ACOG headquarters to begin the process of updating recommendations from IOM’s 2011 Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps and developing new guidelines. 

IOM’s guidelines are supported by the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in their Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines and serve to ensure that women receive a comprehensive set of preventive services without cost-sharing  under the Affordable Care Act.

In March 2016, HRSA awarded approximately $950,000 in funding per year for a five-year cooperative agreement with ACOG to update these guidelines and subsequently to develop additional recommendations to enhance women’s overall health care.

The multidisciplinary steering committee headed by ACOG is charged during year 1 of the agreement with updating eight IOM recommendations:

  • Well woman care
  • Gestational diabetes screening
  • HPV DNA testing
  • HIV screening and counseling
  • STI counseling
  • Contraceptive methods and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
  • Interpersonal and domestic violence screening

Draft recommendations will be posted for public comment from September 1 to September 30, 2016. Updated details on submission guidelines will be posted when available. Final recommendations will be submitted December 1, 2016, to be considered for adoption by HRSA and insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act.

Work groups within the multidisciplinary steering committee will meet periodically by conference call, and the full committee will hold two more in-person meetings at ACOG in July and October. Years 2-5 of the agreement will be dedicated to development of new recommendations and implementation of the new and updated recommendations for women’s preventive services.

The WPSI chairperson is Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, a former president of ACOG. 

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For additional information, visit the WPSI website

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