Immunizations: Protecting Your Patients

By: AvMed News AvMed News

The 2018-2019 school year is now officially underway. Are your pediatric and adolescent patients up to date with immunizations?

Because immunizations protect not only your patients but also those around them, it’s essential that they stick to the proper vaccination schedule. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious.

Here are some things you can do to help your patients stay on track while improving your HEDIS® scores:

  1. Keep records of all immunizations. Make sure you are documenting all vaccinations and using the appropriate claim codes. An immunization/vaccine sheet will help you note dosages and other information that can be used to meet HEDIS measures.
  2. Use available resources. Florida SHOTS saves your office time and money by letting you record immunizations in real time. There’s no software to download, and the service makes forms and immunization statuses available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other advantages include automatic reporting, recall, reminder and inventory functions, as well as reduced paperwork and record tracking.
  3. Check for updates. Vaccine schedules can change, so it’s important to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for updates. You should also review AvMed’s Pediatric & Adolescent Provider Matrix through the Provider Portal for changes as well as for resources to help meet documentation requirements.
  4. Verify care gaps. The AvMed Care Opportunity Report (COR) provides you with a list of Members with gaps in care, including immunizations. Use the Provider Portal to view the COR or request one through Provider Services. That way, you can help address any vaccination issues and fill said gaps.

Click here to view the CDC’s 2018 recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger.

Have questions? For answers, call AvMed’s Provider Services Center at 1-800-452-8633 or email Providers@AvMed.org.