Where is the vaccine-related waste in your practice?

CPP has created a contest challenge to help you identify vaccine-related waste in your practice.  We know delivering quality healthcare is important to you. Vaccines are a major part of comprehensive primary care. A commitment to quality should lead to a healthy bottom line.

Take the CPP Challenge to see what you may be missing! Go to www.cppchallenge.com and enter for a chance to win an iPad Mini.

Small changes can make a big difference.

Are you still providing hard copy Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) handouts with every vaccination?

In the past, healthcare providers and public health entities interpreted federal law as a requirement that a paper copy of each VIS had to be handed to the recipient prior to vaccination, and that the recipient must take this copy away with him or her following the vaccination.

The evolution of electronic media has resulted in broadening of this interpretation.  Check the CDC website for more ways to provide this important information to your patients and their families.

Were you aware that in 2012, the CDC updated their guidelines on proper vaccine storage?

You may know these guidelines if you participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.  Because VFC providers are storing a large amount of publicly funded vaccine, program grantees require providers to monitor storage closely and hold them responsible for vaccines lost due to temperature excursions or other preventable errors that result in lost vaccine stock.  Because public and private vaccines are often stored in the same storage units the CDC is encouraging all providers to examine their vaccine storage practices and update them if necessary to protect the vaccine investment.

Has your practice had to upgrade vaccine storage equipment?

Educate yourself on the new guidelines to make sure you aren’t putting your vaccine stock at risk.  CPP offers members educational resources around proper vaccine storage that include a list of recommended units from other CPP members as well as a Vaccine Storage Equipment Educational Grant from CPP to help offset the cost of investing in proper storage equipment for your practice.

Through the implementation of enhanced temperature monitoring procedures, many of our member practices have discovered failures in their refrigerators and freezers that have previously gone undetected.  This discovery has led them to purchase new equipment that complies with the new guidelines, develop new procedures for greater oversight and create contingency plans in case of equipment or process failure.  As you can imagine, this can be a very expensive venture for your practice but it could be even more expensive if you were to lose thousands of dollars’ worth of vaccines.  CPP will continue to support our member offices in protecting their vaccine investments.

Discussing Vaccines Due During Adolescence Can Be Challenging

The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed an Adolescent Immunization Flip Chart to help providers hold productive conversations with parents about vaccines due during adolescence. Late this fall, they will begin distributing these aids. If  you would like to receive one for use in your office, please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WRD62S. Quantities are limited and flip charts will be distributed first come, first serve. If availability allows, they will honor requests for additional copies.

Flu season is right around the corner!

CPP knows there have been some delays in flu vaccine delivery this year.  By now you have likely received some flu shipments or at least have a good idea when product will arrive at your practice.   Here are the CDC influenza recommendations for the 2014-2015 flu season.

Don’t forget to access discounts on your Fluzone and Flumist doses through your CPP membership!  Contact us if you need more information on how to maximize your savings.

Given the large number of people being immunized efficiency is the key to success for your patients and your practice.  Many of our practices hold Saturday flu clinics or “drive through” flu clinics to make it easy for families to receive their flu shot.  Don’t forget to take into account the football schedule of your hometown team!

Do you plan to offer a flu clinic for your patients this year?

Back to school physicals are a great time to catch up on immunizations!

Help keep your patients and their families informed about immunizations that may be due during their next check-up or back-to-school physical.

CPP has compiled a list of valuable resources including a link to the CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS), resources for conversations with parents, as well as instructions for displaying the current immunization schedule on your practice website.

Many of our member practices have found these resources to be a great way to engage patients and families in their own healthcare and provide baseline knowledge before they come in the office.  Patient education makes in-office discussions more productive and also helps improve immunization rates!

What is your ‘must-have’ educational tool for vaccine-related discussions with parents?

Did you know that there is a team of people looking out for you?

Let’s introduce you to the CPP team so you know who’s here to help you!

    • Rhonda Tallman is our Administrative Assistant and she will most likely be the one who answers the phone when you call.  Everything begins and ends with Rhonda!  She knows the right person or resource to get for you based on what you need.
    •  Jeannie Lilly provides administrative support and helps to make sure all pieces of the membership application are complete and accurate.  You may hear from Jeannie if we are verifying your contact information or need a W9 from you in order to issue your rebate!
    • Charlotte Brown is our Senior Vaccine Program Manager and she will work with you to get your direct accounts with the vendors linked to the CPP contract.  Charlotte is also a wealth of information when it comes to purchasing vaccines, understanding CPP program compliance and maximizing your vaccine discounts!
    • Jennifer Koerner is our Buying Group National Administrator so if you are stopping by the CPP booth at any of our conferences, Jenny will be the one you’ll see.  She develops the valuable programs and resources that help support our members’ vaccination efforts.  Jenny is responsible for the day to day operation of the CPP Buying Group.
    • Christina Drakulich is our Assistant Executive Director and heads up educational opportunities and initiatives with our local member practices located in Central Ohio.  He is also a great facilitator of practice administrators, enabling the sharing of best practices and development of resources unique to this group.
    • Finally, I am Frank Combs.  I’m not only the author of this blog but also the Executive Director of CPP.  I have the great honor of working with you and this committed team.  Together with our Board of primary care physicians we provide leadership and guidance to offer the most value to our members that we can and make sure that while you take care of your patients, we take care of you.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to work for you!