New Survey Finds Vaccine Discussions Are a Low Priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Experts Discuss Implications and Opportunities

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A recent survey distributed to primary care physicians and nurse practitioners found that vaccine discussions as part of prevention planning are a low priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit; and, that more education is needed to overcome patient awareness barriers. The online survey was commissioned by the Alliance for Aging Research in order to better understand how the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is implemented to promote, track, and educate about CDC-recommended immunizations.

Why are discussions about prevention through vaccination a low priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, and what can be done to fix this? The Alliance for Aging Research hosted a webinar on Tuesday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss the survey results and strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy among beneficiaries.

Dr. William Schaffner (Professor of Preventive Medicine, Department of Health Policy, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University; Medical Director, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)
Andrew Rugg (Lead Researcher on behalf of MSL Group)
Moderated by Sue Peschin, MHS (President and CEO, Alliance for Aging Research)
Representative from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services to be announced soon!