It is important for physicians to look for signs of domestic violence and discuss the subject with female patients, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., said during a recent Capitol Hill briefing. Filer told attendees of the Building Partnerships to Reduce Violence and Abuse and Improve Health Care Across the Lifespan event that education about domestic abuse should be part of both medical school and residency.
Family physicians can play a big role in reducing antibiotic resistance by helping to educate patients about when the medications are and are not beneficial, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., said at a forum hosted by The Atlantic. She said demand for the drugs seems to be decreasing. "I do not see the push for antibiotics that I used to see. I think the public is getting the message," Filer said.
AAFP Board Chairman Robert Wergin, M.D., is helping chronic pain patients in rural Nebraska reduce the number of opioid pain pills they take so they can avoid addiction problems. Physicians are working to comply with new prescribing guidelines and coping with increased scrutiny from medical boards and agencies. Wergin counsels patients about setting realistic goals for coping with pain, and he has changed his prescribing habits and rarely writes prescriptions for oxycodone, which is a popular street drug.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a final interoperability road map for health care IT infrastructure in the US, but AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., said what is really needed is faster implementation. Wergin said system interoperability is needed to support care coordination and continuity of care and enable switching and integration of health IT programs. In addition, broader interoperability is needed for population management and patient engagement functions, Wergin noted.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was named the most influential person in health care by Modern Healthcare. AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, M.D., also made the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list.