Prepare for the 2021-2022 Immunization Season with EQUIPP®.
While flu activity during the 2020-2021 season was lower than previous seasons, as of October 9, 2021, the number of vaccinations administered in pharmacies was 11.5 million (according to the CDC).1
Now more than ever, pharmacies are a key provider of immunizations in local communities. Read below to learn how you can work with PQS to achieve your immunization goals.
AJMC Publishes “Medicare Advantage-Pharmacy Partnership Improves Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates”
The October 2021 edition of the American Journal for Managed Care (AJMC) features an article co-authored by Nick Dorich, PharmD, PQS Senior Manager, Pharmacy Accounts.
The article details how a collaborative effort between a Medicare Advantage and prescription drug (MAPD) plan and community pharmacies raised vaccination rates for pneumonia and influenza via measure hosting within EQUIPP®.
The Value of Pharmacy Immunizations
As of December 2018, more than 340,000 pharmacists have been trained to administer vaccines across the patient lifespan.1
Increased Face Time with Patients
People on average visit the pharmacy 35 times per year (almost 10 times more than their doctors).2
Lower Healthcare Costs
Pharmacies had lower average direct costs paid per adult vaccination than physician offices and other medical settings (16% – 26% and 11% – 20%, respectively) when both health plan and enrollees’ perspectives were considered.3
Pneumonia Vaccination Status
Pneumonia vaccinations could help the CDC’s Healthy People 2020 goal to “increase immunization rates and reduce preventable infectious diseases.” Stats show: About 900,000 people get pneumococcal pneumonia every year, leading to as many as 400,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths. Less than 64 percent of adults 65 and older have received pneumococcal vaccines.4
1Levy, Sandra (2019) “Immunization nation: Pharmacists flex their clinical muscles, build revenue” June 26, 2019 https://www.drugstorenews.com/pharmacy/immunization-nation-pharmacists-flex-their-clinical-muscles-build-revenue/
2 People on average visit the pharmacy 35 times per year, (almost 10 times more than their doctors.) https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/directions-in-pharmacy/2014/august2014/pharmacists-as-influencers-of-patient-adherence-
3 Singhal, Puneet K. and Zhang Dongmu (2014) “Costs of Adult Vaccination in Medical Settings and Pharmacies: An Observational Study” Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy JMCP September 2014 Vol. 20, No. 9 https://www.amcp.org
4 Winegarden, Wayne (2018) “Promoting Access and Lowering Costs in Health Care: The Case of Empowering Pharmacists to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates” Pacific Research Institute, April; https://www.pacificresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AdultVaccination_F_web.pdf
Do You Have a Game Plan for the 2021-2022 Season?
Pharmacies interested in tracking their influenza patients can do so within EQUIPP®. EQUIPP® displays select payers’ patient outliers who have yet to receive their flu shot, allowing you to identify opportunities for patient outreach and immunization.
Use EQUIPP® to support your immunization goals.
The Annual Influenza Vaccination Measure focuses on the influenza vaccination rate for health plan patients 18 years or older. It coordinates medical claims data with pharmacy data to calculate a performance score (to help account for your patients who may have already received the vaccination through their provider office). Members are attributed to the pharmacy filling the majority of their medications.
Track Your Vax Using the Annual Influenza Vaccination Patient Designation
EQUIPP® has the ability to show if a patient has received a flu vaccine by displaying a designation in each measure that these patients are currently outliers. This fits directly into the pharmacist’s workflow and draws attention to immunize those patients who may be at higher risk of flu related complications and hospitalizations.
With the designations above, pharmacists are able to understand at a glance if a patient has had a flu shot already or if one should be administered.
IMMUNIZATION MEASURES EXPLAINED
Our “Immunization Measures Explained” educational video offers a few strategy tips for you and your pharmacy staff to increase vaccinations and briefly discusses the CDC adult vaccination guidelines. Check it out.