The Executive Desk: What's New in November

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

Welcome to the November issue of ACOG Rounds, your monthly member e-newsletter. In this issue, we are pleased to bring you timely information on important issues to aid you and your practice such as obesity care, lung cancer awareness, insurance updates, coding and more. 

But first, I'd like to take a moment to remind our members that open enrollment starts today. Now is the time to encourage your patients to sign up for 2018 health insurance so they can receive vital women’s preventative services at zero out-of-pocket cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Learn more about services covered and where to direct patients for more information in Open Enrollment: We’ve Got Women Covered.

Reminding patients about open enrollment is especially important, as the Trump administration has moved to roll back contraceptive coverage for women across the country, putting 62 million women at risk who now have access to this integral part of preventive care. ACOG immediately denounced the actions and released a "Facts are Important" document. Learn more about how the Trump Administration Rolls Back Contraceptive Coverage. 

National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) is also this month, taking place now through November 4. We are pleased to announce that ACOG has signed on as a 2017 champion. With more than 90 million adult Americans suffering from obesity, it is more important than ever that we raise awareness about the value of science-based treatments and promote a fact-based understanding of this disease. Learn more and view free ACOG resources on obesity care here. 

November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In Guidelines Address Patient Tobacco Use, we discuss new guidelines and offer valuable information and resources to help your patients with smoking cessation, especially while pregnant. See also our Patient Education Tip of the Month.

I urge you to read this month’s informative ACOG President's blog post Puerto Rico: A Long Road to Recovery. ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, MD, interviews Nabal Bracero, MD, ACOG’s Puerto Rico section chair, who gives us an update on the immense challenges patients and the medical community face in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He also helps answer an important question: What can we do to help?

Other interesting articles I highly recommend include:

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

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

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