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August 7, 2019

Immunizations for Older People: Round-Up

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month, and stories about vaccines for older adults keep evolving. Read more to learn about why immunizations matter for older people and catch up on these stories. https://strianews.com/shingles-shortage-and-whooping-cough-immunization-news-for-older-people/

July 31, 2019

Study: Cost Benefit of High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine in a Long-Term Care Population During an A/H1N1-Predominant Influenza Season

Check out this study authored by several researchers, including Dr. Stefan Gravenstein who recently presented at an AVAC briefing on Capitol Hill. The study is entitled Cost Benefit of High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine in a Long-Term Care Population During an A/H1N1-Predominant Influenza Season. The study found that the use of HD influenza vaccine in long-stay NH residents reduced total health care expenditures for a net benefit despite HD being more expensive per dose. These cost offsets applied to Medicare beneficiaries residing in NHs could result in important savings to the Medicare program.

July 31, 2019

Study: Trends in Medicare Part D Benefit Design and Cost Sharing for Adult Vaccines

Despite encouragement by CMS for Part D plans to provide vaccines without cost sharing to incentivize the use of these preventive services, about 4% or less of Medicare Part D enrollees had access to the vaccines examined in this study with no cost sharing, depending on the vaccine, in either Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PDPs) or stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) for CY 2017, with little change since 2015. Read more in this study released by Manatt Health entitled Trends in Medicare Part D Benefit Design and Cost Sharing for Adult Vaccines, 2015–2017.  

April 9, 2019

Do You Know the Dangers of Flu among Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions?

Do You Know the Dangers of Flu among Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions? Influenza (flu) is a contagious and potentially deadly virus that can result in serious complications for individuals living with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, even when chronic conditions are well-controlled. Estimates indicate that 31 percent of US adults age 50-64 years and 47 percent of those age 65 and older have at least one chronic health condition that puts them at high risk for flu-related complications, including hospitalization, catastrophic disability, and even death. National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has developed free downloadable resources for healthcare professionals and patients with chronic health conditions about the importance of annual flu vaccination. Download them here.

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