Physician Credentials and Practices Associated with Childhood Immunization Rates: Private Practice Pediatricians Serving Poor Children in New York City - American Board of Medical Specialties

The article describes a study that compares children’s immunization rates at 60 private physician practices in poor neighborhoods of New York. Half of the physicians participating in the study are board certified, and half are a part of the Medicaid Preferred Physicians and Children (PPAC) program. Study results demonstrate higher immunization rates among PPAC physicians and better rates among those that are board certified. Study limitations include a small study sample, self reporting of credentials, affiliations and practices, and a focus on a subset of foreign-trained physicians serving a large number of high-risk children, therefore study results may not be generalized to all pediatricians/primary care providers. Nevertheless, board certification, one of the conditions for enrolling in PPAC, is associated with immunization performance, according to the findings.

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