Updated Fluzone Resources

As flu vaccine doses are starting to ship out to providers, please be aware of two new resources available for Fluzone customers:

For any questions, please contact your Sanofi Pasteur Vaccine Specialist.

 

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

The National Public Health Information Coalition has created a communications toolkit that you can use in your practice to help promote importance of immunizations.  Use the toolkit to design your own promotions. Mix and match, copy or adapt the contents to fit the particular news and issues of your own organization or community – and share your NIAM activities to inspire others!

Influenza Vaccine Coding and Billing Program

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

To get more information about and register for this event, please click on the link below:
http://www.crackingthecodestraining.com/.

 

 

 

Are you ready when vaccine temperatures go outside of normal limits?

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.

CDC Announces New VAERS Reporting Website

From the Immunization Action Coalition: On June 30, CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting (VAERS) website and reporting form that allows people to:
• Easily submit a VAERS report electronically
• Access VAERS data
• Learn more about how CDC and FDA monitor the safety of vaccines

There are now two ways to report an adverse event following vaccination to VAERS:
1. Use the online reporting tool.
2. Complete a paper VAERS form (PDF format) and upload it to the new VAERS website.

By the end of 2017, CDC and FDA will phase out the VAERS paper form and fully transition to the new VAERS 2.0 electronic submission process. Accommodations will be made for persons unable to submit reports electronically. Additional assistance is available via email at info@vaers.org or by phone at (800) 822-7967.

New Member Grant Opportunity! Announcing CPP’s 2nd Dose Program

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:

Stats Table

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 cpp@nationwidechildrens.org or 877-277-9330.