December 13, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Minerva Campos, Family Physician and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association

As a family physician practicing for more than 35 years, and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, Dr. Minerva Campos knows that immunizations prevent numerous diseases.  That’s why she needs to stock a lot of vaccines for both children and adults. Dr. Campos follows the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Immunization Standards for Adult Immunization Practice, which advise …

November 29, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Dr. Kelly Moore and the TN Immunization Program

Dr. Kelly Moore understands firsthand the importance of our nation’s public health immunization infrastructure.  She grew up with a beloved aunt who was a polio survivor, making her a passionate advocate for vaccines from an early age.  She now serves as the director of the Tennessee Immunization Program (TIP) at the state’s Department of Health where she and her team …

November 21, 2017

RE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information

RE: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information To Whom it may Concern: As members of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC), we value the opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information (RFI), one that promotes patient-centered care and tests reforms that empower …

November 9, 2017

Hirono, Capito, Green, Bucshon Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

Thursday, November 9, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced the Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (or “Shingles Prevention Act”)—bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would eliminate Medicare Part D beneficiaries’ out of pocket costs for the shingles vaccine and raise awareness about the importance of …

November 7, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Utilizing Standing Orders to Generate System Change

The Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest health system, comprising more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers, 29 hospitals, 18,000 employees, and more than 1,100 physicians covering 90+ medical specialties and subspecialties.  Ochsner created a System Vaccine Subcommittee, a group of providers, pharmacists, nurses, IT specialists, inventory management, and nurses to increase immunizations for their patients.  The team …

September 25, 2017

AVAC Spotlight: Creative Solutions Addressing Vaccine Disparities

Annie Fedorowicz, Adolescent and Adult Immunization Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health Despite the many health benefits recommended vaccines provide, adult immunization rates in the United States are much lower than they should be and lag far behind Healthy People 2020 goals. This troubling trend is exacerbated when it comes to at-risk populations – including seniors, communities of color, limited English …

September 25, 2017

RE: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Proposed CY2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

September 25, 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1672-P P.O. Box 8016 Baltimore, MD 21244-8016 RE: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Proposed CY2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements To Whom It May Concern: …

August 15, 2017

Recognizing Innovation: AVAC Spotlight

Every May, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) brings together stakeholders from across the country to Atlanta to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations that have set out to improve access to adult immunization. Adult immunization rates in the United States are far too low, resulting in thousands of hospitalizations and deaths. Despite these challenges, Mitchel C. …

August 1, 2017

The Essential Role of Public Health in Immunization: AVAC Spotlight

AVAC members are briefed by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director NCIRD August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NAIM), an annual observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  Immunizations are a highly cost-effective form of preventive medicine that protect health and save lives.  The public health system that plays such an important role in making sure people …

March 22, 2017

Fact Sheet: Health and Economic Benefits of Adult Immunizations

As recently as the mid-20th century, conditions such as polio, measles, rubella and diphtheria were still common, striking thousands ill and taking the lives of hundreds more. The development of safe and effective vaccines has revolutionized medicine and turned once prevalent conditions into mostly a distant memory. The key to maintaining and building on these advances is constant vigilance. Continued …