June 26, 2018

RE: CMS-1690-P Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019)

June 26, 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1690-P P.O. Box 8010 Baltimore, MD 21244-1810 RE: CMS-1690-P Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019) To Whom It May Concern: As participants in the Adult Vaccine Access …

June 25, 2018

RE: CMS–1694–P Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates

June 25, 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services Attention: CMS-1694-P P.O. Box 8011 Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 RE: CMS–1694–P Medicare Program: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates To Whom It May Concern: As participants …

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 …

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: …

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 …

March 22, 2017

Fact Sheet: Financial Barriers to Adult Immunization

Immunizations are a cornerstone of our nation’s disease prevention efforts and have demonstrated a long track record of success as a cost-effective means of reducing disease burden and saving lives. This fact sheet provides information on what Congress and the Administration can do to reduce financial barriers to adult immunization and improve adult vaccination rates. Despite the well-known benefits of …

November 29, 2016

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine

U.S. Senators Capito and Hirono Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Seniors’ Access to Shingles Vaccine 1 in 3 Americans Will Develop Shingles in Their Lifetime WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (S.3477) to increase seniors’ access to the shingles vaccine. Seniors are at a greater …

October 14, 2016

AVAC Approps Letter October 14, 2016

Dear Senator/Representative: As Congress works to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) bill, we urge you to adopt the Senate funding level for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 317 Immunization program. The 317 program provides funding to state and local health departments to carry out a …

September 15, 2015

Ouch! Vaccination Rates for Older Adults Falling Short

This post originally ran on Kaiser Health News and is republished with permission.

Three out of four Americans older than 60 don’t get a shingles vaccine to protect themselves from the virus’ miseries: rashes over the face and body, stinging pain that can last for weeks or months and the threat of blindness.

Sometimes people must feel a pound of pain – someone else’s – to take a shot of prevention. Dr. Robert Wergin tells of one elderly patient with shingles who came to his Milford, Neb., office this summer. “I’m sorry, doc, I should have listened to your advice to get the shot,” the man said. A few weeks later, the man’s wife and brother, both in their 60s, visited Wergin, asking for the vaccine.