Advocacy & Health Policy: Call for Member and Public Comment on Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Draft Recommendations

As part of its recommendation development process, ACOG is soliciting public comment on draft recommendations for women’s preventive health care services, including Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). ACOG member comment is especially needed.

The Call for Public Comment opens September 1, 2016, and closes September 30, 2016.

We want to hear from you. Please send your comments to:

ACOG requests ACOG  members and other interested parties submit comments on the draft recommendations in the following categories:

Accuracy—Changes to existing text—If the information is not accurate, please make suggestions for the re-wording of the text. If new information should be cited, please include the complete citation.  
Completeness—Addition or deletion of content—If you have additional content to add, please submit the exact wording to be entered, including complete citations, if needed. If you suggest deleting any content, please include your rationale.
Consistency—Consistency with your organization’s policy—If the information is not consistent with your organization’s policy or there is new information from your organization, please include exact wording to be entered, including complete citation, if needed. Space is limited to 1000 characters.
Citation change or addition—If a citation should be included or an existing citation changed, please include the complete citation addition or change.

Project Overview

Through a five-year cooperative agreement with HRSA, ACOG has engaged a coalition of national health professional organizations, consumers, and patient advocates with expertise in women’s health to develop, review, and update recommendations for women’s preventive health care services. See more information about WPSI.

Project Objectives

The purpose of ACOG’s Women’s Preventive Health Services Initiative (WPSI) is to improve and promote optimal women’s health through the lifespan by developing, reviewing, and updating recommendations for women’s health care services through evidence analysis, supplemented by consensus expert opinion.  These guidelines on preventive health screenings and services guide clinicians in determining which services they should routinely offer to their patients.


Documents and Measures for Comment

The following documents are provided for your review and comments:

Project Specific Instructions:

  • If you are providing comments on behalf of an organization, include the organization’s name and contact information.
  • If you are commenting as an individual, submit identifying or contact information.
  • Please adhere to the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. In addition, WPSI encourages reviewers to follow the selected AHRQ guidelines in order to ensure high-quality comments.
  • Comments are due by 11:59PM PDT September 30, 2016.
  • Please do not include personal health information in your comments.

We want to hear from you. Please visit the Women’s Preventative Services Initiative page to submit your comments.

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