Game Changers in Pediatrics 2011

Laurie Scudder, DNP, PNP


November 23, 2011

In This Article

The Ever-Changing Story of Immunizations

Used to be you could learn the immunization schedule once but not anymore. This year was a year full of news. Here are the highlights:

Why Is This a Game Changer?

For good reason, immunizations have been have been declared one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) making them the ultimate game changer. More can be anticipated with ongoing research into vaccines against malaria, Clostridium difficile, and CMV. Pediatric providers are on the front lines in insuring the widest uptake for these life-saving interventions. However, reimbursement for this widening array of vaccines continues to be an issue with the ever-increasing costs of vaccines often leaving providers in huge debt to vaccine manufacturers for months at a time while awaiting reimbursement from insurance that fails to adequately cover all expenses associated with administration. While the Affordable Care Act expanded government-sourced free vaccine to a larger pool of children, it has not solved the reimbursement issue. Vaccine purchasing groups (VPG), a type of group-purchasing organization, have now entered the scene. If a practice is not buying vaccine through a VPG, then they may be losing money before they even provide a single vaccine.


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