News in Brief: Week of April 28-May 2

May 01, 2014 11:30 am News Staff

This roundup includes the following news briefs:

[News in Brief]

USPSTF Releases Draft Recommendations on Screening for Certain STIs

Yesterday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued two draft recommendations( addressing prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Both recommendations and their respective supporting draft evidence reviews are available for public comment until May 26.

The first draft recommendation concerns counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections( and recommends intensive behavioral counseling for all sexually active adolescents and adults at increased risk for STIs. The draft evidence report( is also available for comment.

The second draft recommendation addresses screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea(, the most commonly reported STIs in the United States. The recommendation is to screen for chlamydia and gonorrhea in sexually active women ages 24 and younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection. Interested stakeholders are also encouraged to comment on the draft evidence report( for this recommendation.

AAFP Mobile App Adds Immunization Resources

This week, the AAFP mobile app was updated with a new immunizations resource area.

The new resource allows family physicians to:

  • search immunization recommendations by age, illness and special circumstances;
  • look up child and adolescent immunizations by age;
  • access information on coding, laws and regulations, and vaccine resources; and
  • read specific details about each immunization, including vaccine names, who should be vaccinated, dosing series and schedule, and contraindications and precautions.

Download the mobile app for iPhone( from iTunes or for Android phones( from the Google Play Store.

New National Poll Finds Older Americans Embrace Team-based Care

The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans, recently released survey results( that indicate adults age 65 and older support the concept of team-based care.

According to an April 3 press release(, the national poll, titled "On Your Team," included responses from more than 1,000 people. Of those respondents, just 27 percent reported receiving team-based care and other elements of care associated with the patient-centered medical home. However, among those who did receive team-based care, 83 percent said such care had improved their health.

Among those adults with no personal experience with team-based care, 73 percent said they wanted to experience this type of health care.

Report Card: States Show Little Progress on 34 Health Care Indicators

The Commonwealth Fund has just released its third state health system scorecard. The new report(, titled Aiming Higher: Results From a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014, indicates that states made little progress in improving health care access, quality and outcomes in the five years (2007-12) preceding implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

According to an April 30 press release(, the majority of states declined or failed to improve on two-thirds of the 34 scorecard indicators that could be tracked in a specific time span. Indicators for which performance improved in a majority of states often were the targets of concerted federal and state efforts.

Individual state reports( and an interactive map( allow users to compare state statistics. A commentary about the new report was published in the April 30 online edition of JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association( and is available to readers at no charge.