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New Report Shows Value of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines

July 18, 2016
Every year, more than 40,000 American adults are hospitalized or die due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Treating vaccine-preventable diseases among adults also costs the U.S. tens of billions of dollar every year.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases Cost US Billions

Improving rates of adult vaccination is a national imperative as the U.S. population ages at an unprecedented rate of 78 million Baby Boomers becoming senior citizens. In a new white paper, The Value and Imperative of Quality Measures for Adult Vaccines, renowned vaccine experts — including representatives from the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) — explain how appropriate vaccine quality measures can prevent illness and death, reduce caregiving demands, save unnecessary healthcare spending, and set the foundation for healthy aging.
Currently, there are two national measure developments underway that could help improve access to adult vaccines and spur increased utilization of vaccines. If successful, these measures would not only improve patient outcomes, but they would close the quality gap and reduce costs to the U.S. healthcare system.

The first is the implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which updates Medicare’s payment process by using quality of practice as the largest precondition for payment. This change is designed to provide incentives to clinicians to focus on the quality of care they deliver. Measures for adult vaccinations fit within this framework.

The second is the new Core Quality Measures Collaborative (“the Collaborative”), which is led by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and its member plans’ Chief Medical Officers, leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Quality Forum (NQF), as well as national physician organizations, employers, and consumers. The Collaborative is working to promote consensus on core performance measures.

Read the full white paper here.