Considering a backup generator for your vaccine refrigerators and freezers in case of a power outage? That’s great, but it only addresses one potential issue that can impact vaccine storage temperatures – complete loss of power.

Consider hooking up a remote temperature monitoring system that can alert you to temperature excursions for any reason, like a refrigerator door being left open or an equipment malfunction.  Monitoring systems can be setup through certain office alarm systems or purchased independently.  Two companies who specialize in this area (Temperature Guard and Sensaphone) make systems that can monitor multiple storage units and call or text several phone numbers until there is a response.  The ability to monitor your vaccine storage equipment while you are away from the office is not only an investment in protecting your vaccines, it is also an investment in your peace of mind!

Does your practice have an emergency plan that addresses vaccine storage equipment in case of an emergency?

Summertime means longer days, no school, backyard grilling, and vacations to many people.  Unfortunately, summer can also mean increased likelihood of severe weather that can lead to power outages and wreak havoc on your practice.  Loss of vaccine inventory due to an equipment malfunction or loss of power can be very expensive!  CPP has pulled together various resources from the CDC and the AAP to help you establish protocols so your practice can be prepared in the event of such a disaster and minimize loss should such an event occur.   It is important to think about what to do in the case of a power failure, create a plan to maintain appropriate temperatures and establish contingency plans to transport vaccines safely in the case of prolonged power outages before disaster strikes!

The CDC and the VFC Program also provide great resources to assist you.

Unsure of insurance coverage for new vaccines? Sanofi Pasteur and Merck have great resources to help!

Sanofi Pasteur and Merck have each launched a newly approved vaccine in the last six months.  The biggest question on the minds of many providers is if payers are adequately covering the cost of these vaccines.  Both Sanofi Pasteur and Merck offer great resources around billing and coding as well as a way to check and see if your local payers cover these new vaccines.

Quadracel® Billing & Coding Guide
Reimbursement Support Service (RSS) Hotline – 1-800 VACCINE (1-800-822-2463) and choose the RSS prompt.

Gardasil 9® Billing & Coding Guide
Plan Specific Coverage Informational Tool