Adolescent Immunization Resources

The Immunization Action Coalition and Sanofi Pasteur have collaborated a project to raise awareness of the low immunization rates for the meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccination. The project, titled “MenACWY: You’re Not Done if You Give Just One,” can be found at https://www.give2menacwy.org/ and contains a wealth of resources for medical practices.

The facts are stark: Meningococcal disease can be deadly, and survivors can suffer lifelong disabilities from contracting the disease. Unfortunately, the majority of administration opportunities are missed. Even during vaccine only visits, 86% of adolescents were not given MenACWY. 1

The recommended administration guidelines are to give the initial dose at 11-12 years of age and the second dose at 16 years of age. This factsheet provides important information about recommending and administering MenACWY.

Another helpful resource from the MenACWY project is the “Top 10 Ways to Improve Adolescent Immunization Rates” handout. The top 10 are:

  1. Immunize at every opportunity by considering every visit an opportunity to vaccinate.
  2. Use reminder and recall systems to automatically remind families of needed immunizations.
  3. Implement standing orders to allow nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare personnel to vaccinate.
  4. Take part in an immunization registry to access comprehensive immunization records for every patient.
  5. Review your patients’ vaccination histories prior to visits and flag charts as indicated.
  6. Follow the U.S. recommended immunization schedule.
  7. Schedule vaccination-only quick visits to increase access for patients.
  8. Make vaccination education a priority, for parents as well as patients.
  9. Establish rapport with your adolescent patients by taking a nonjudgmental approach and being ready to listen and answer questions.
  10. Create a culture that values well-adolescent care by maintain the same set of high expectations you take with well-child visits.

Visit the “MenACWY: You’re Not Done if You Give Just One” website at https://www.give2menacwy.org/   for these and other great resources.

In the upcoming months, CPP will continue posting resources on increasing adolescent immunization rates and creating a culture of vaccination in your practice. Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date.

1. Wong CA. Taylor JA, Wright JA, et al. Missed opportunities for adolescent vaccination, 2006–2011. J Adolesc Health. 2013;53(4):492–497.

CDC Webinar – Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Misinformation in the Practice

On Wednesday, August 28, the CDC will be hosting a webinar from 1-2pm to assist providers in recommending vaccines and addressing vaccine hesitancy.

Speakers for the webinar include:

  • Dr. Amanda Cohn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Vaccine Policy, Preparedness, Global Health, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chanie Sternberg, President & CEO, RefuahHealth Center
  • Dr. Corinna Manini, Chief Medical Officer, RefuahHealth Center
  • Dr. Todd Wolynn, CEO, Kids Plus Pediatrics

RefuahHealth is a health center in New York that serves patients in communities affected by ongoing measles outbreaks. They have worked to cultivate trust with parents concerning the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

Follow this link for more information and to register. Don’t wait to register for this timely and relevant information. And stay tuned to the CPP Blog. In the next few months, we will be posting a series on addressing vaccine hesitancy in your practice. Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date!

2019-2020 Flu Season Coding Help

Sanofi Pasteur has put together a wealth of coding resources for the 2019-2020 flu season. Coding and billing for vaccinations can be complicated, so these resources are designed to save your practice time.

Coding Webinars

Sanofi has scheduled two webinars to assist in flu coding. One is targeted at coding for patients of any age, and the other is specifically for pediatric patients. The all ages webinar is scheduled for August 20 and September 12, 18, and 19. The pediatric webinar is scheduled for August 21 and September 10. The webinar will cover essential coding and billing information, Medicaid billing and VFC, Medicare billing, and payment benchmarks.

More information can be found here, and registration is available at http://www.crackingthecodestraining.com/

Coding Guides

Sanofi has put together two coding guides to help with this year’s influenza season. The first is The Code to Success: Your Complete Guide to Coding and Billing for Sanofi Pasteur Influenza Vaccinations. This detailed guide will help you understand coding and billing, roster billing, Medicare payment and timelines, and quality reporting measures.

The second guide, 2019-2020 Proper Codes of Sanofi Pasteur Products, includes product codes, NDCs in billing format, IDC-10 codes, administration codes, and CVX codes for each vaccine. It has been updated to include this year’s flu vaccinations.

We hope these resources help you have a successful flu season. As always, feel free to reach out to CPP for more information or to find out how we can save you money on your vaccine purchases.

Group purchasing: Save money by aligning with other physicians

Medical Economics recently published an article highlighting the benefits of partnering with a group purchasing organization (GPO) or physician buying group (PBG). Practices can expect savings ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent by joining such a group. Highlights include:

  • Don’t base your GPO choice on what your hospital uses. Physician offices have different needs than hospitals. Find a group that fits your specific needs.
  • Revisit pricing every year or two and compare groups. The needs of a practice can change over time, and there is no one size fits all solution.
  • Know the difference between a GPO and PBG. GPOs are membership organizations that offer discounts on most everything involved in a medical practice such as capital equipment, supplies, and services. PBGs also offer discounts on supplies and services, but they primarily serve as vaccine buying groups. Due to their vaccine focus, PBGs are able to provide superior pricing.
  • Let your vendors do the work of pricing. Put your top purchased items out for bid to ensure you are getting the best price.
  • Check if your distributor performs additional services like stocking and ordering supplies.

To read more, visit Medical Economics online.