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Immunization rates in the United States continue to fall
well below federal goals
PHILADELPHIA, August 22, 2012 -- The American College of
Physicians (ACP) was awarded an initial $175,000 grant for 2012-13
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create
a three-year, evidence-based program to increase adult immunization
rates in five states.
"Earning this competitive award will help ACP's internal
medicine physician members and their practice teams increase adult
immunization rates among their patients," said David L. Bronson,
MD, FACP, president, ACP. "Providing recommended vaccinations is a
core component of preventive health care, leading to improved
public health, less suffering, fewer deaths, and lower health care
Working with ACP state chapters in Arizona, Delaware, Northern
Illinois, Maryland, and New York, the program will assist up to 100
internal medicine practices in implementing strategies for
improving adult immunization rates toward the federal government's
goals for 2020, including seasonal influenza immunization rates of
80 to 90 percent of adults, depending on risk factors. The current
immunization rates for influenza for adults aged 18 and older are
39.5 percent in Arizona, 44.9 percent in Delaware, 36.4 percent in
Illinois, 46.9 percent in Maryland, and 41.4 percent in New
"This program builds on prior ACP initiatives designed to
improve health through encouraging appropriate immunization of
adults," said Michael S. Barr, MD, FACP, MBA, who leads ACP's
Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality division. "We hope
to increase adult immunization rates at participating practices by
at least 15 percent. With an estimated 750 to 1,000 physicians
participating in the program, we expect to have a total patient
pool of 1.5 to 2 million."
ACP's strategies through the three-year program to increase
adult immunization rates include physician and clinical team
education, practice assessment and performance feedback, increasing
provider recommendation of immunization to patients, and
implementation of standing order protocols from an attending
Existing ACP resources will be incorporated into the program,
including the ACP
Adult Immunization Portal, the
ACP Guide to Adult Immunization, the
ACP Immunization Advisor mobile app, and the ACP
Medical Home Builder® adult immunization module. Practices
in each state will be invited to participate in an educational
program and receive onsite support for implementing strategies
shown to be effective. The overall program will be guided by an
expert advisory panel and leaders from participating states.
"Partnering with ACP state chapters is one of the most exciting
aspects of this initiative, permitting us to better support our
members at the local and practice level," said Dr. Bronson.
The program will begin in September with the identification and
development of materials for physician education and practice
assessment and improvement.
ACP plans to sustain adult immunization gains and expand the
program among additional practices through the sharing of results,
adoption of practice improvements, peer-to-peer support, and
resources created by ACP and the CDC.
About the American College of Physicians
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medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician
group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal
medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and
medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention,
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