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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition's quarterly newsletter!  If you have an item you would like featured in a future newsletter, please contact Amy Sgueglia.  

Coalition Activities

September 2019 Coalition Meeting
Thank you to our members who participated in our September 24, 2019 meeting.  Martha Ayano, NP from Brockton Neighborhood Health Center presented on her agency's successes and challenges vaccinating homeless adults against Hep A.  Susan Lett, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the MDPH Immunization Division also presented flu vaccine updates for the 2019 - 2020 flu season.  

All meeting materials can be found on the MAIC events page.
Join us for our next coalition meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 830 Winter Street, Waltham, MA.  Dinner will be provided.  If you would like to propose an agenda item for a coalition meeting, please contact Amy Sgueglia.  

Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN) Conference
Saturday, September 22, 2019
MAIC attended the MaAOHN conference on Saturday, September 22, 2019 at the Yankee Candle Headquarters in Deerfield, MA.  Over 50 occupational health nurses heard presentations about the health effects of chemical exposures, the 2-dose Heplisav B vaccine, and new TB testing recommendations.  There was also a Stop the Bleed train-the-trainer opportunity and a presentation about NARCAN administration.  Materials from the conference can be found on the MaAOHN website.  

Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program - 20th Anniversary Conference
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Visit the SMP website for more information about their program
Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA) Conference
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Conference materials are available on the MCOA website

Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) -  Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Conference materials are available on the MCAAP Immunization Initiative website

Are you attending or planning a professional conference or event and think MAIC should attend?  Want to help staff a MAIC table at an upcoming event and spread the work about MAIC and its activities?  Contact Amy Sgueglia for more details. 

Local Board of Health Materials

In late summer 2019, MAIC and Commonwealth Medicine collaborated on several flu vaccine clinic fliers for Local Boards of Health.  The fliers were designed to be culturally appropriate for diverse patient populations, were translated into Spanish and Portuguese, and contained plenty of room for entering clinic specific information.  
MAIC has many unused templates waiting for your ideas!  Are you interested in a template for your vaccine clinic?  Contact Amy Sgueglia to see what is available for use.  

High Risk Adult Immunization Project

JSI Research & Training began work with the MDPH Immunization Division on a new project focusing on developing sustainable vaccine programs for vaccinating high risk adults.  Adults who are experiencing homelessness, adults who have substance abuse disorders, and incarcerated adults will be targeted for vaccination against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Meningicoccal Disease.  Providers who work with these populations will be educated on the importance of routine vaccination outside of an outbreak.   Interested in learning more about this project?  Do you have providers who would be interested in learning more about routinely vaccinating high risk adults?  Contact Amy Sgueglia for more information.  

Member Spotlight

The Member Spotlight is a feature on the MAIC website highlighting the excellent immunization work done by MAIC member organizations.  The current organization in the Member Spotlight is Commonwealth Medicine's Vaccine Reimbursement Program.  

The Vaccine Reimbursement Program at Umass Medical School Commonwealth Medicine allows local public health clinic immunization providers to claim for immunization services rendered in their communities.  By offering a centralized mechanism for contraction and claiming for vaccine services with third party payors, the vaccine reimbursement program removes billing barriers and increases access to immunization services.  

Currently, the Vaccine Reimbursement Program:
  • Serves local public providers - Health Departments, Boards of Health, VNAs, Public Schools, and other community-based organizations enrolled in the MDPH Immunization Program
  • Bills over 73,000 patient immunizations each season with over 85,000 Massachusetts residents immunized each year
  • Contracts with 157 contracted public providers in Massachusetts that represent over 240 municipalities and serves 25 school districts in Maine.  
Since the program’s creation, the Vaccine Reimbursement Program has doubled the amount of health plans that participate from six to 12. The program has also expanded to include reimbursement beyond seasonal influenza vaccines to include all child and adult vaccinations routinely recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  With a 93% reimbursement rate, the Vaccine Reimbursement Program has generated over $12M in revenue back to local public providers since its inception.

To read the full member spotlight for the Vaccine Reimbursement Program at Commonwealth Medicine, visit the MAIC member spotlight page.  

For more information about the Vaccine Reimbursement  Program, please contact:
Brittany Rahall

Is your organization interested in being featured in our member spotlight?  Email MAIC for more information. 

Upcoming Events

MA ACP Annual Chapter Meeting
Saturday, November 9, 2019,  7:30am - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, Marlborough, MA

MA ACP Adult Immunization Program
RESCHEDULED - Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6 - 8:30pm
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham MA

HPV-Related Cancer Summit - 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019,  8:30am - 3:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, Marlborough, MA

MAIC January Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 2019,  6:30 - 8:30pm
Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
Dinner will be provided
Agenda and webinar link coming soon!

25th Annual MA Adult Immunization Conference
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA
Please visit the MAIC website events page for more information as it becomes available

Have an item you would like to see featured in our winter newsletter?  Send your submissions to Amy Sgueglia .  The deadline for submissions for the next newsletter is Friday, 1/31/2020.  


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