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Adult Immunization

ACP's I Raise the Rates Initiative provides important resources as well as vaccine information to help physicians increase adult immunization in their practices.

This resource hub was developed as part of ACP’s I Raise the Rates initiative to assist physicians and their teams to assess, understand and improve adult immunization rates and patient outcomes in their clinical settings.

I Raise the Rates is a collaborative, data-driven campaign to support patients, physicians, health care teams, systems, and communities in raising adult immunization rates and reducing vaccine preventable diseases. The program seeks to assist internists and other primary care providers in both understanding the immunization rates of their patients and making practice changes that promote immunizations. Learn More

Funding for the I Raise the Rates program was made possible by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc. and Sanofi Pasteur Inc.


The Importance of Increasing Adult Immunization Rates

In these short videos, clinicians discuss the importance of increasing adult immunization rates and why they are excited
to be part of the American College of Physicians' I Raise the Rates Program to increase adult immunization rates.


Wondering Where to Start?

Take this practice assessment survey to assist you in pinpointing key areas for improvement in your clinical setting and identifying strategies to increase your adult immunization rates.

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ACP Quality Improvement Curriculum

A step-wise approach that guides you through each stage of the QI journey from establishing the “what” and “why” for change to implementing and sustaining change. This online curriculum, developed by physicians for physicians and their teams, is offered as a series of four modules. Physicians who complete this curriculum are eligible for up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and ABIM MOC points. Physicians are also eligible to earn patient safety credit.

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Upcoming Webinars

Adult Immunization 2019 Update: Improve your Practice and Resident Education

Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 11:00 AM EST | Presenter:  Robert H. Hopkins Jr., M.D.

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Adult Immunization - How to Create a Successful Vaccination Program

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 12:00 PM EST | Jason M. Goldman, MD, FACP, Governor, Florida Chapter, ACP

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Stay up-to-date on the latest vaccine recommendations, guidelines and clinical updates in adult immunization. 

ACP Resources

  • Webinar: 2019 ACIP Recommendation Updates - Webinar focused on the new organization of the ACIP adult immunization schedule for 2019, as well as in-depth information on the updated ACIP recommendations for influenza, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations presented by Dr. Sandra Fryhofer.
  • Routine Immunization of People Living with HIV: Why, What and How - Recognizing that people living with HIV (PLHIV) have higher rates of vaccine preventable disease and disease severity compared to HIV negative individuals, this webinar discusses strategies to improve vaccination rates in this population. Presented by Dr. Andrew B. Trotter, MD, MPH.
  • Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines - This free physician guide provides an understanding of the biological impact of aging on immunity and the value of vaccination as an effective tool in reducing the risk for vaccine-preventable diseases in older adults. Developed by ACP, in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), with funding support from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

CDC Resources

Immunization Action Coalition-Vaccination (IAC) Resources

Patient education resources and tools to communicate risks and benefits of immunization, address vaccine myths and misinformation, and empower patients to make informed decisions on their vaccine needs. 

ACP Resources

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Patient Education Resources

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Resources

Learn core quality improvement skills and how to apply them to increase your adult immunization rates in your practice.  

  • ACP Quality Improvement Leadership Training: Best Practices in Engaging and Empowering Clinical Teams in Continuous Improvement
    • ACP's sixth annual quality improvement training program aims to support meaningful implementation of quality improvement (QI) strategies based on principles of clinician engagement, patient and family partnership, team-based care, and maximizing efficiency while minimizing burden. Under the guidance of national expert physician coaches, participants will receive step-by-step guidance, based on ACP's QI approach, to help them through their QI journey. At the conclusion of this Pre-course participants will be able to understand and apply QI strategies to tackle a wide range of practice issues that are meaningful to their highest priority challenges. Date TBD.
  • ACP Quality Improvement Curriculum is a step-wise approach that guides you through each stage of the QI journey from establishing the “what” and “why” for change to implementing and sustaining change. This online curriculum, developed by physicians for physicians and their teams, is offered as a series of four modules. Physicians who complete this curriculum are eligible for up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and ABIM MOC points. Physicians are also eligible to earn patient safety credit.
  • I Raise the Rates Webinars: These recorded webinars cover QI strategies and best practices to increase immunization rates in your practice.
  • Sign up for regular practice coaching calls, which allows you to connect with national experts and experienced coaches in considering strategies for making team-based, time-saving changes through a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) approach to Quality Improvement (QI). 

 

Access these resources to help support vaccine administration in your practice. including vaccine assessment, implementing standing orders, understanding the business case for vaccines as well as ordering, storage and handling, billing and coding.

  • I Raise the Rates Webinars
    • Standing Orders-A Model to Fit Your Practice - A webinar focused on standing orders to increase adult immunizations in your practice, clinic, or hospital. Drs. Robert Hopkins and L.J. Tan PhD will present best practices and strategies to implement standing orders in your practice with multiple size location examples.
    • Managing your Vaccine Stock - Tips to Improving Ordering, Storage, and Handling Vaccines: A webinar focused on refining your practice’s vaccine ordering, storage, and handling. Drs. John O’Neil, DO, FACP and Michael Soppet, MD, FACP will present practical tips to help you improve ordering and managing of your vaccine stock and how to use your practice staff to streamline the process.
    • What in the World is a Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar -A webinar with Dr. Soppet, Ms. Adams and Ms. Cain presenting how increasing adult immunization rates takes more than a committed physician champion-leader; the whole health care team, including office staff, need to be on board to optimize billing, and convey the importance of vaccines to patients.
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 2Ordering and Inventory Control Webinar: The second in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers. Dr. Soppet outlines the process for ordering and inventory control of vaccines.
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 3Financial Aspects of Insurance Billing and Collections: The third in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers led by C. Michael Soppet, MD, FACP. 
  • Immunization Action Coalition-Vaccination (IAC) Step-by Step Guide -Developed by the staff at the immunization Action Coalition, this guide provides practical information to help you implement or enhance adult immunization services in your healthcare setting. Full guide available for download.
  • National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) - Coding and Billing for Adult Immunizationsprovides the top questions identified with coding and/or billing for adult vaccinations, scenarios that detail how to go about coding and billing for adult vaccines, and collected resources for the Summit’s medical association, public health and vaccine manufacturing partners
  • CDC Measles Resource - A one-stop-shop digital toolkit developed by the CDC that includes products for healthcare providers and their patients about vaccines and measles. These products include accurate, science-based evidence that we hope can help you counter misinformation about measles and MMR vaccine.

Sign up for regular practice coaching calls, which allows you to connect with national experts and experienced coaches in considering strategies for making team-based, time-saving changes through a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) approach to Quality Improvement (QI). 

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Increase your practice capacity to raise adult immunization rates and efficiency through involvement of the full healthcare team.

  • Building QI Team Worksheet
  • National Academies of Medicine: Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout
  • Increasing Immunization Rates - In this video, Dr. Marie Brown and Sandra R. discuss steps they have incorporated in their intake and rooming process that have resulted in increase immunization rates in their office.
  • I Raise the Rates Webinars
    • Standing Orders-A Model to Fit Your Practice - A webinar focused on standing orders to increase adult immunizations in your practice, clinic, or hospital. Drs. Robert Hopkins and L.J. Tan PhD will present best practices and strategies to implement standing orders in your practice with multiple size location examples. 
    • What in the World is a Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar - A webinar with Dr. Soppet, Ms. Adams and Ms. Cain presenting how increasing adult immunization rates takes more than a committed physician champion-leader; the whole health care team, including office staff, need to be on board to optimize billing, and convey the importance of vaccines to patients. 
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 2 - Ordering and Inventory Control Webinar: The second in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers. Dr. Soppet outlined the process for ordering and inventory control of vaccines. 
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 3 - Financial Aspects of Insurance Billing and Collections: The third in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers led by C. Michael Soppet, MD, FACP. 
    • Cultural Competency-How to Apply Outreach and Understanding in Your Practice Webinar - A webinar focused on cultural competency and adult immunization to help your practice, clinic, or hospital to better communicate with your patients. Dr. Jennifer Dillaha will present best practices and strategies on focused outreach to minority and ethnic groups, share resources to support communication effects and patient tools to reinforce the importance of immunization. 

ACP has developed a training program that will teach residents about the science of adult immunization and provide evidence-based strategies for increasing vaccination rates. The program is fully equipped with a facilitator guide for residency program directors, outlining how to implement the training curriculum.

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Access resources to promote health equity and identify strategies to increase adult immunization rates with specialized training in understanding the barriers to immunizing adults in racial and ethnic minorities.

Access resources to better understand your immunization data as well as the immunization information system (IIS) within a given geographical area.

  • CDC Immunization Information Systems (IIS) - provides resources to meet all your IIS needs
  • ACP Genesis Registry - approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), ACP’s Genesis Registry provides seamless integration with participating EHRs to collect quality measure data and automatically submit data measures that satisfy QPP reporting.  
  • IIS Customizable Brochure - This colorful brochure is targeted at healthcare providers with adult patients to encourage them to onboard and use Immunization Information Systems (IIS). This is a “customizable” brochure into which any state/city health department may insert their own name and logo.
  • Basics of IISs (Immunization Information Systems) infographic - provides an overview of how IISs support and connect patients/consumers, health care professionals, and public health. This downloadable PDF provides a simple visual introduction to how IISs work for people who may not be familiar with IISs, such as policy makers, health care professionals, patients, parents, and even public health staff.