NCMS Steps Up to Help ‘Knockout Pneumonia’

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is among a group of health care stakeholders seeking to reduce the state’s mortality and readmission rates due to pneumonia. North Carolina is ranked 49 of 50 state for its pneumonia mortality rate with 73 percent of hospitals below the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) benchmark. An advisory group including an NCMS representative met recently to share ideas on how to raise awareness about pneumonia and useful resources.

The group’s goal is to reduce the pneumonia mortality rate by 7.5 percent to the national average over two years and to reduce pneumonia readmissions by 5.4 percent over that same time period.

Resources for clinicians are already available on the Knockout Pneumonia Campaign website and includes handouts for patients in both English and Spanish.

CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all adults 65 years or older. According to 2015 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 73.6 percent of North Carolinians over 65 years old report that they have been vaccinated, slightly above the U.S. average.

Please help spread the word about this campaign and share the link to the resources with your colleagues and patients.


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