Sanofi Pasteur hosted a webinar in April entitled Vaccine Confidence: The Key to Communicating with Parents and Patients. A recording of the webinar, which was attended by over 600 medical professionals, is now available to you on-demand. Speakers include Gary S. Marshall, MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Carole H. Moloney, RN, MSN, CPNP from Boston Medical Center.
Customizeable resources to help improve flu literacy in your patient population are now available through Sanofi Pasteur. You can choose between a pediatric version and an adult version, depending on the patients you see in your practice. You can also add your practice logo and contact information so your patients know who to contact with questions or to schedule their flu shot!
For more information or to customize this resource for your practice, contact your local Sanofi Pasteur representative or the CPP Office at email@example.com.
Vaccines are expensive so having a plan to consult when an emergency presents itself is essential.
*Review your plan to update it and maintain familiarity with the plan.
*All staff should know how to find the emergency plan.
*At least 2 practice leaders should organize the emergency response and completely understand the steps of the emergency plan.
*It should be clear where the vaccine will go in case storage units are no longer operational.
*Transport storage units should be kept in a easy to find place, preferably close to the vaccine refrigerators.
*Make sure to consult the vaccine manufacturers and your VFC representative during and after the process.
We have heard from several CPP members that some insurance companies are requiring NDC numbers to be listed alongside the appropriate vaccine CPT code. Sanofi Pasteur has created a proper coding guide with NDC numbers for all of their vaccines to help member practices.
You have the opportunity to participate in a new, timely educational program: “Cracking the Codes: Coding and Billing for Vaccinations with Fluzone®”
This complimentary, updated program provides a comprehensive review of correct coding for Fluzone vaccine presentations and entitled payment for the 2017-2018 influenza season. Influenza vaccine billing is complicated and seasonal, and you should annually see that you are coding and billing correctly. There are 25 codes for influenza vaccines, so it can be confusing. Additionally, the AMA recently changed how dosage is expressed in influenza vaccine CPT descriptions. You need to be aware of these changes.
You can join a live webinar followed by a question-and-answer session with a coding expert, or you may view the program’s on line modules, on-demand, at your convenience, 24/7.
LIVE WEBINAR EVENT DATES Eastern Time
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:00 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:00 PM
Practices can have thousands of dollars in vaccine inventory sitting in refrigerators. No matter how good storage equipment is, exposure to high or low temperatures can happen. You can limit the damage by knowing what to do.
• Investigate and determine how long the vaccine temperatures have been out of range.
• Investigate whether or not the temperature data logger and notification system work.
• Pay attention to whether or not the refrigerator door was ajar or is making an unusual noise.
• Inventory the vaccine affected currently in the refrigerator.
• Inventory any temperature stabilizing items in the refrigerator (water bottles, coolant packs)
• Find out if there are other documented temperature excursions with the current refrigerator.
• Contact the vaccine manufactures to determine the status of the vaccine.
• Document the incident, results and actions taken to prevent another temperature excursion.
Getting patients back in to your practice for follow-up shots is a challenge for most practices across the country, as evidenced by the following statistics:
CPP has launched the 2nd Dose Program, providing an opportunity for members to examine your practice’s 2nd dose immunization rates for meningococcal ACWY, meningococcal B, HPV, and/or adult pneumococcal, and earn an educational grant! It is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
For information on how to participate, please contact the CPP office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-277-9330.