Ladies First Provider Newsletter
September 2016
Women on Medicaid
Now Eligible for Ladies First Lifestyle Programs and Navigation 

Ladies First can now enroll women on Medicaid between the ages of 30 - 64 to help achieve their weight loss and fitness goals. Women are eligible to receive services if they are up-to-date on their heart health screenings, mammograms and Pap tests. Some of the programs women can join include Weight Watchers, Curves Complete, Taking Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. Plus, members can get $30 in Farm-to-Family Coupons for use at select farmers' markets, a 1/2 bushel of pick your own apples at most Vermont orchards, a limited Veggie Share, a 10-visit punch card to Vermont state parks, pedometers and more. Also, any patient enrolled for Lifestyle programs automatically becomes eligible for patient navigation for any abnormal finding resulting from their Ladies First screening.

For more information contact Siobhan Donegan our Ladies First Lifestyle Program Coordinator at 802-652-4139, or Siobhan.Donegan@vermont.gov  
Continuous Professional Development

Online Provider Education

Courses are now available to Ladies First providers
and offered with permission from the California Department of Health Care Services Every Woman Counts Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continuing medical education credits are available.


Cervical Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Follow-up (CDHCS-EWC) Register Now >>    
Online ~ Free        
Burden of Disease, Barriers to Screening, Anatomy, Cervical Cancer & HPV, Cervical Cancer Screening, Follow-up Strategies, Initial Management of Screening Results, Follow-up of Abnormal Results and Case Studies.  
    
Communicating Risk to the Lay Public: Communicating with Patients about Genetic Risk (CDHCS-EWC)  Register Now >>
Online ~ Free
Risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing.
  
Heredity Breast and Ovarian Cancer (CDC)    Register Now >>  
Online ~ Free
Case studies (produced by several states and the Centers for Disease Control). The program includes interactive cases and resources designed to improve providers ability to identify, evaluate, and manage patients at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. It also includes links to risk assessment tools and resources.   
 
Breast Cancer Review (CDHCS-EWC)  Register Now >> 
Online ~ Free 
Provides a general reference for breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Summary overviews are provided for nine main topic areas. All topics accompanied by a resource page with links to related internet resources. 
  
 
Association for American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP)

Webinar Series
Thomas C. Wright, Jr, MD, Edward J. Mayeaux, Jr, MD, DABFP, FAAFP, Warner K. Huh, MD, David C. Wilbur, MD  
Walter K. Kinney, MD, Herschel W. Laswon, MD, Thomas C. Wright, Jr, MD

Edward J. Mayeaux, Jr, MD, Warner K, Huh, MD, Mark H. Einstein, MD, MS, Thomas C. Wright, Jr, MD

 
American College of Preventive
Medicine (ACPM)
 
The program is presented in two parts covering basic and advanced material. Part 1 covers the fifteen core competencies of lifestyle medicine endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control WISEWOMAN Program and ACPM and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Part 2 provides an in-depth study of the competencies, guidance on how to employ them in a lifestyle medicine-oriented practice, and approaches to facilitating behavior change interventions in the following lifestyle medicine domains:

  * Diet and nutrition
* Exercise
* Sleep
* Stress
* Smoking cessation
* Alcohol use
 
Find us on Facebook
We've Gone Social!

  
Ladies First is excited to announce we are now on Facebook! The new Facebook page connects members and features member photos, community events, healthy tips and more.
 
Please like our pages and share with your patients!
 
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Real Stories of Ladies First
  
Ladies First has launched the "Real Stories of Ladies First" Facebook Campaign that spreads the word about Ladies First through member experiences. The campaign consists of 19 stories, taken from interviews of members that have participated in patient navigation or the Farm to Family coupon program, and will run until the end of September. The peer-to-peer approach encourages women who are not yet members or have been members in the past learn more about the program and what Ladies First has to offer. The campaign is showing early signs of success and has potential to boost enrollment and Ladies First screening rates.

Ladies First Billing
Preventive Visits:

Questions about billing? Ask Emily Kasper, the Ladies First NEW Billing Specialist

The mission of Ladies First is to remove barriers to breast cancer, cervical cancer, and cardiovascular disease risk factor screening for low income women. 
To do this, Ladies First pays for breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostics and navigates women for treatment if needed. Ladies First can also pay
for an annual appointment for members to receive their clinical breast exam, Pap test, and heart health screening. As determined by CDC, Ladies First covers screening appointments which can be best represented by Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes 99201-99205 and 99211-99215.  The intent of this policy is to prevent members from getting bills for services ordered at a preventative medicine visit that Ladies First does not cover. Read more >>  

FORCE:
Facing Our Risk of Cancer
Empowered
  
FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization devoted to individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. By providing research, support, education, and awareness specific to hereditary cancer and those affected by it, FORCE ensures that no one travels this journey alone. For more information on hereditary cancer and gene mutations for your patients, visit FORCE  >>
Timely information from Ladies First!