I Raise the Rates Program

Dear ACP Members:

The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its updated recommendations for immunization among adults, which are published in ACP’s Annals of Internal Medicine and a link is included here:  http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2484895.  ACP’s Center for Quality, working with our chapter on the I Raise the Rates program, has supported the development of a brief video by past-ACP President Dr. Sandy Fryhofer, providing a great summary of the current recommendations.  You can view the video by clicking the Audio/Video tab.   

I must say that the publication that most caught my eye over the last week came from the CDC:  the February 5th issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found here:  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/ss/ss6501a1.htm. The bottom-line from this report is that immunization rates among adults remain unacceptably low, virtually unchanged over the last several years, with huge racial and ethnic disparities.

I believe that this state of affairs will not improve until physicians and their staff own immunization of their patients.  Physicians are key.  And that is the premise of the I Raise the Rates program – an ACP initiative aimed at helping us efficiently and effectively implement immunizations in our practice.  All of you can participate in this program – if you simply want to learn more about immunization recommendations, download resources to educate your patients, find resources to educate your staff or health system, or touch base with a practice coach to help you work on immunization in your practice.  I urge every single member to work on raising the rates.  To learn more, contact the project manager Angie Duck at angieduck4@gmail.com.


William Davis, MD, FACP

Governor, LA ACP