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April 19, 2018
AMGA Foundation, Optum Expand Successful Pilot Collaborative to
Improve Adult Immunization Rates
Nearly Half a Million Patients Were Vaccinated in 14 Months
ALEXANDRIA, VA –
AMGA Foundation and Optum, with support from Pfizer, are expanding a
successful pilot collaborative to improve adult vaccination rates into two new
groups of participating organizations that will reach millions more patients.
AMGA Foundation established the Adult Immunization (AI) Best Practices
Learning Collaborative to develop specific interventions focused on pneumococcal
and influenza vaccines. Each year, nearly 50,000 adults in the United States die
from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications. Substantial
improvement in vaccination rates can reduce the health consequences of
vaccine-preventable diseases among adults. In 2016, seven care provider
organizations across the country participated in the pilot program (group 1) of
the collaborative. The pilot participants used an earlier version of Optum
Performance Analytics to identify patients who were missing an adult
vaccination, and track the number and rate of patients who were vaccinated.
“Close to half a million patients were vaccinated in just 14 months across
the Collaborative’s seven participating care provider groups,” said John
Kennedy, M.D., president of AMGA Foundation and chief medical officer of AMGA.
“We anticipate an even greater increase in immunization rates in the care
provider groups participating in groups 2 and 3 of the Adult Immunization
One focus of the collaborative was on the Centers for Disease Control and
guidelines issued in 2014 for pneumococcal vaccines in patients age 65 and
older. Through analyses that matched providers and controlled for secular
trends, the collaborative groups were shown to have successfully increased
compliance rates with the guidelines. Further, integrated delivery system
providers demonstrated almost twice the increased rates of vaccination.
Currently, 40 care provider groups participate in an expanded collaborative,
20 in group 2 and 20 in group 3. Participating medical groups and health systems
design and implement strategies to identify and address gaps in recommended
vaccination practices using intervention tools that target care providers and
patients, including patient portals, alerts and point-of-care systems.
“We are encouraged by the high level of interest in the expanded
collaborative and the potential it has to increase adult immunization rates,”
said Mary Lantin, Senior Vice President, Optum Analytics. “This is a unique
opportunity to leverage data and analytics with population health management
techniques to prevent disease, and it’s a reason we are excited about the recent
launch of our next generation platform, Optum Performance Analytics.”
Participants who are using Optum’s health care data and analytics platform
and are also members of AMGA’s Analytics for Improvement (A4i) Collaborative
will be able to identify patients and track performance. Data from the program
will be evaluated after one year to assess its impact on relevant vaccination
rates and to identify best practices that can be scaled broadly.
Group 2 Participants
The participating care provider groups include: Austin Regional Clinic, P.A.,
Austin, TX; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Hattiesburg Clinic, P.A.,
Hattiesburg, MS; Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX; Mercy Clinic-East
Communities, Washington, MO; Methodist Physicians Clinic, Omaha, NE; Norton
Medical Group, Louisville, KY; Novant Medical Group, Winston-Salem, NC; Ochsner
Health System, New Orleans, LA; Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, MN; OU
Physicians, Oklahoma, OK; Premier Medical Associates, Monroeville, PA; Sanford
Health, Sioux Falls, SD; Summit Medical Group, P.A., Houston, TX;
SwedishAmerican Health System, Rockford, IL; UnityPoint Clinic, Johnston, IA;
UPMC Susquehanna Health Medical Group, Williamsport, PA; Western Montana Clinic,
Missoula, MT; and WESTMED Medical Group, P.C., Purchase, NY.
The Group 2 intervention period ran from January 2017 through March 2018,
with results reporting expected in fall 2018.
Group 3 Participants
The participating care provider groups include: AHS Oklahoma Physician Group,
Tulsa, OK; LLC dba Utica Park Clinic, Tulsa, OK; CentraCare Health System, Saint
Cloud, MN; Coastal Carolina Health Care, PA, New Bern, NC; Essentia Health
System, Duluth, MN; Intermountain Medical Group, Salt Lake City, UT; The Iowa
Clinic, P.C., West Des Moines, IA; Kennedy Health Alliance, Stratford, NJ; Lahey
Health System, Burlington, MA; North Mississippi Medical Clinics, Tupelo, MS;
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sunnyvale, CA; PinnacleHealth Medical Group,
Lemoyne, PA; The Polyclinic, Seattle, WA; Prevea Health, Green Bay, WI; Quincy
Medical Group, Quincy, IL; Scripps Medical Foundation, La Jolla, CA; Sentara
Medical Group, Norfolk, VA; ThedaCare Physicians, Appleton, WI; USMD Health
System, Irving, TX; Watson Clinic, LLP, Lakeland, FL; and Wellmont Medical
Associates, Kingsport, TN.
The Group 3 intervention period runs from July 2017 through September 2018,
with results reporting expected in early 2019.
About AMGA Foundation
AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and
other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care.
AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector and collaborator for translating
the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday
practice. Learn more at
AMGA is a trade association leading the
transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical
groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate and
empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA
is the national voice promoting awareness of medical groups’ recognized
excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care.
More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering
care to one in three Americans. Learn more at amga.org.
About AMGA’s Analytics for Improvement (A4i) Collaborative
An initiative to improve population health through comparative clinical
analytics, using an unparalleled data resource provided by Optum as a
springboard for collaborative shared learning and translation
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business
dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more
than 100,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions
that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health.
Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH).