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:
- Immunize at every opportunity by considering
every visit an opportunity to vaccinate.
- Use reminder and recall systems to automatically
remind families of needed immunizations.
- Implement standing orders to allow nurses,
pharmacists, and other healthcare personnel to vaccinate.
- Take part in an immunization registry to access
comprehensive immunization records for every patient.
- Review your patients’ vaccination histories
prior to visits and flag charts as indicated.
- Follow the U.S. recommended immunization
- Schedule vaccination-only quick visits to
increase access for patients.
- Make vaccination education a priority, for
parents as well as patients.
- Establish rapport with your adolescent patients
by taking a nonjudgmental approach and being ready to listen and answer
- Create a culture that values well-adolescent
care by maintain the same set of high expectations you take with well-child
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.
On Wednesday, August 28, the CDC will be hosting a webinar
from 1-2pm to assist providers in recommending vaccines and addressing vaccine
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,
- Dr. Corinna Manini, Chief Medical Officer,
- 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.
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!
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.
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
More information can be found here,
and registration is available at http://www.crackingthecodestraining.com/
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
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.
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
- 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.
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