Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
The NIHCM Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America's health care system.
  • Data Insights

    Mental illness has become more common over the last decade, particularly among 18-25 year-olds. This Data Insights looks at trends in mental health and their implications for the future.

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  • Briefing

    NIHCM Foundation led a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss social determinants of health and the opioid crisis with Founding President and CEO Nancy Chockley, former CMS Administrator Don Berwick, Curtis Barnett of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Craig Samitt of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and Grant Baldwin from the CDC.

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  • Data Insights

    As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. Despite the health care challenges posed by these changes, promising initiatives can improve rural health.

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  • Advisory Board

    NIHCM Foundation is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Sherry Glied, PhD, and Katherine Baicker, PhD, to its distinguished Advisory Board. Their ideas and insights will advance NIHCM's mission to improve health care for millions of Americans.

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  • Awards

    NIHCM Foundation hosted the 25th Annual NIHCM Awards at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. to recognize outstanding health care research and journalism.

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  • News

    NIHCM welcomed Secretary Azar to a meeting in March to discuss efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to transform health care by lowering costs and improving value for patients.

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Events

November 13, 2019
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This webinar explored how leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions.

November 18, 2019
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Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this webinar will explore the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system.

In the News

November 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Missed Opportunities to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination

Current State of HPV Vaccination

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) did not increase at all among adolescent girls from 2011 to 2012. Just one-third of girls aged 13-17 have been fully vaccinated against HPV despite the fact that the vaccine is included in adolescent vaccination recommendations and the fact that CDC safety monitoring data continue to indicate the vaccine is safe. In addition, research has shown that HPV vaccines currently available in the U.S. are nearly 100 percent effective in protecting against the viruses that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers. For each year that vaccination coverage levels fail to improve, an additional 4,400 women will develop cervical cancer.1

Following the release of the 2012 National Immunization Survey-Teen, CDC officials urged health care providers to increase the consistency and strength of their HPV recommendations. Research consistently shows that a provider’s recommendation is the single most persuasive factor for parents in deciding whether or not to vaccinate their child.2

Health plans are uniquely positioned to support providers in improving HPV vaccination rates. This fact sheet briefly reviews barriers to vaccination, the health and cost impact of HPV, and opportunities for health plans to support providers and educate members to increase HPV vaccination rates in the years ahead.

Why Aren't More Children Being Vaccinated?

Parents report:3

  • 19% “vaccine is not needed”
  • 14% “doctor did not recommend the vaccine”
  • 13% “concerns about the safety of the vaccine”
  • 13% “didn’t know about the vaccine or the disease”
  • 10% “daughter is not sexually active and therefore does not need the vaccine”

Providers report:4,5

  • Hesitance to discuss the vaccine if parents express mixed or negative opinions about the vaccine
  • More likely to strongly recommend the vaccine to older adolescents than to 11- and 12-year-old patients
  • Financial barriers related to the vaccine’s cost and reimbursement issues

Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Vaccination Rates

Health plans can play a significant role in improving HPV vaccination rates by supporting in-network providers, educating their members and promoting the vaccine more broadly in their communities.

Health plans can support and reinforce providers’ efforts by:6,7

  • Increasing the consistency and strength of HPV vaccine recommendations
  • Recommending that HPV vaccine be offered at every health care encounter
  • Developing incentives based on HPV vaccination measures
  • Encouraging the reporting of HPV vaccinations to state or local immunization registries
  • Urging that reminder notices be sent to parents of patients who are due to receive the HPV vaccine

Provider Education Materials

Health plans can educate their members and their local communities about the importance of adolescent HPV immunization by disseminating educational materials via:8,9

  • Newsletters designed specifically for both adolescents and parents
  • Attendance at health fairs and community events
  • Fact sheets
  • Social media like Twitter, YouTube or Facebook
  • Segments on local television or radio stations
  • Email and letters to parents of members eligible for the HPV vaccine
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Events

November 13, 2019
Rural-Health-Webinar-Graphic

This webinar explored how leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions.

November 18, 2019
alliance-image-111819

Part of the Beyond the Beltway: Health Policy Webinars for Journalists series, this webinar will explore the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system.

In the News

November 2019
Population Health Spotlight
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Grants

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We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. NIHCM will notify grant winners in November 2019.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019-2020 round of grantmaking. A small number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in September.

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Awards

Winners Named in the 25th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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Congratulations to all of the winners of the 25th Annual NIHCM Foundation Research and Journalism Awards! The winners and finalists were honored at a banquet in Washington, DC, in May.

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