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This year brings with it the hope that life will return to normal, from being able to go back to the office and send children to school to being able to travel and socialize again. To ensure these activities are safe, enough people need to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is thought that we need 75 to 85% coverage by mid-year to reach a herd immunity level that would allow a sense of normalcy by the end of 2021. Read on to learn how multiple COVID-19 vaccines, different storage requirements, and social perception will add to the challenges of vaccine management this year. The good news is that there is a way for health practices to overcome these obstacles more easily.
1. Demonstrating the Importance of Vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccination program is more complex and on a greater scale than anything we’ve ever experienced. By comparison, the flu vaccine is a success with around 40 to 50% coverage. In the US alone, we will need to administer over 100 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines to reach the required herd immunity level to end this pandemic. Although walk-ins make it easier for members of the general public to get vaccinated and can ensure higher rates of immunization, this may not be an option for the COVID-19 vaccine due to limited stock, social distancing requirements, and state communication and regulations.
The key to encouraging the population to get vaccinated will be through advocacy and awareness campaigns. This is essential for any vaccination program, but especially the COVID-19 vaccine. Fear of these new vaccines and misinformation about them could result in patients opting out and slowing down the coverage needed for success. As a practice, you have likely felt the strain from the pandemic and are working hard to secure the vaccinations that will put it to an end. Promoting the importance of immunization and easing concerns can ensure your patients make and keep their appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Managing Multiple Vaccine Manufacturers
In addition to flu vaccines, Vaccines for Children (VFC), and other vaccines, there are multiple COVID-19 manufacturers to manage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already authorized and recommended two vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Two additional vaccines are being prepared for Phase 3 clinical trials in the US and there are multiple other vaccines in development. In the end, there could be more than half a dozen COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.
Each of these manufacturers has created a vaccine that requires a different storage temperature and either one or two doses within a specific timeframe. Tracking lots is part of any vaccine stock management program, but with the limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines it will be even more important to know how many doses are available at your practice at any time. Being able to move vaccines around when there isn’t a steady supply will be essential to issuing booster doses to the right patient at the right time. The two-dose requirement is even more stringent when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, adding yet another challenge for practices.
COVID-19 vaccine recipients will also need to be proven eligible based on their age, occupation, and preexisting conditions and according to the phased allocation plan. Practices will need to schedule appointments and follow-ups with the utmost care, all while maintaining compliance and performing all their other health services.
3. Keeping Vaccines Safely Stored
Like over 90% of vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines need to be stored at specific temperatures to remain safe and effective. Balancing different vaccine temperature needs from refrigerated (between 2 and 8°C) through frozen (between -15° and -25°C) to ultra-cold (between -60° and -80°C) will become complicated yet critical at your practice. Preparation and staff training on the new COVID-19 vaccines will be necessary for effective storage and handling.
Practices may need multiple units to accommodate the larger inventory and different temperature requirements of their vaccines. What’s more, each of these units must provide accurate temperature control and monitoring to prevent temperature excursion events that can damage the vaccines. Unfortunately, many vaccine stock management systems require users to store, track, and monitor inventory manually, which takes time and makes it difficult to scale. These legacy systems are also subject to human error and mechanical failure.
With advanced cold storage systems, vaccines can remain effective without any manual efforts until patients are ready and allowed to get them. This can ensure peace of mind and extra time for both patients and practices during the busy COVID-19 vaccine rollout period.
How Your Practice Can Overcome These Challenges
You need to consider how your practice will manage and store your vaccines as safely and effectively as possible. The key to this is a centralized system that allows you to automate the entire vaccination process, from receipt to patient administration, so you can focus on patient care and vaccine advocacy.
The AccuShelf Inventory Management System allows you to manage and monitor vaccines across various storage temperature requirements with ease. The technology captures the lot, expiry, and dose of every vaccine through a wireless scanner. Automatic updates help you keep track of puncture times, dose counts, and second shots, as well as low or expiring inventory. Integrated digital data loggers can be attached to any cold storage device to provide real-time temperature monitoring and alerts. With cloud-based reports and complete vaccination data, your inventory is always stored and administered correctly.
The AccuVax Vaccine Management System also helps you overcome the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine storage and workflows. As a purpose-built vaccine system and emerging standard in vaccine stock management, this technology guarantees temperature control for frozen and refrigerated vaccines. With a built-in battery pack, you can ensure your vaccines are still kept safe for up to 15 hours after a power outage. Real-time inventory tracking helps you monitor every single vial and stay on top of compliance.
Find out how you can prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine and improve your vaccine stock management in 2021. Request a demo now to see how the AccuShelf and AccuVax systems can help your practice get ready for the rollout.
TruMed Systems, the maker of AccuVax and AccuShelf would like to help you establish a robust COVID-19 infrastructure today. The AccuShelf system ensures compliance by simplifying complex COVID-19 workflows and protects vaccine integrity. Their new promotion, “Be COVID-19 Ready with AccuShelf TM-C – The Complete Vaccine Management System for COVID-19” addresses customer questions on the COVID-19 vaccine and how they can be ready! What better way to ease your concerns and show how simple it is to manage the COVID-19 vaccine storage and workflows than with AccuShelf!
For only $250 per month, this offer includes:
· AccuShelf Temperature Monitoring System with wireless scanner
· x1 ultra-low temperature digital data logger
· X2 standard temperature digital data loggers
· Automated COVID-19 vaccine workflows with expiry tracking and real-time dose tracking
· Management and workflows for all vaccines
Please reach out to www.trumedsystems.com to schedule a demonstration.
Charles White, CEO of Franklin Primary Health Center welcomes students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine for their third and fourth years of clinical clerkships.
AMEC began sending its Pipeline students for their third and fourth year clerkships to the Franklin Clinic prior to the ACOM’s establishment. ACOM students have been going to Franklin Clinic for their clerkships since 2015-2016.
Students from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine were welcomed by Franklin Clinic CEO, Charles White, and Chief Medical Director, Dr. Prince Uzoije, in 2018.
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Adaptive Medical Partners joins APHCA as a new referral partner. We’re excited for this new partnership and all that will come from it. Read more about them below.
Your journey to the right recruiting partner starts here. Physician recruiting is more difficult than it has ever been. Working with over 100 FQHC’s across the country, Adaptive Medical Partners is here to simplify recruiting, source quality candidates, and help you invest confidently.
“I would recommend Adaptive Medical as a recruitment company each and every time you are left to fill any high priority staffing vacancies. The only thing we can do to improve on the process with future vacancies would be to call them sooner.” Gayanne Williams, CEO, Citizens of Lake County for Health Care Inc.
Your recruitment efforts matter, and it’s why we have a team of recruiters with an average of 11 years of experience recruiting to FQHC’s. Blend that with cutting edge technology, a leadership team that truly cares about their clients, and you’ve found a long term partner.
Doximity, the professional medical network, has acquired THMED, a leading healthcare staffing solutions company. THMED has changed its name to Curative to reflect the new company empowered by Doximity’s technology and network. Together, the two companies have created a first-ever business model for healthcare staffing that uses technology to re-engineer delivery by focusing on personalized search that connects medical groups and healthcare facilities with a far-reaching network of highly qualified vetted practitioners. Jeff Bowling will lead the company as Curative’s CEO.
Curative will serve as the staffing vertical of the largest community of healthcare professionals in the world. In the U.S. alone, over 70% of all doctors and 45% of all nurse practitioners and physician assistants are part of the Doximity network. Combining Doximity’s data science and intelligence with the service of Curative’s customer-focused recruiters empowers the company to deliver even faster and more precise personalized matching of healthcare professionals with opportunities.
“The combination of Doximity and Curative brings together tech and team in a new way that will deliver talent to our healthcare clients quickly and at scale. Also, one of the biggest wins of this deal is Jeff Bowling coming on board as the Curative CEO. Jeff’s future-forward leadership style, the value he places on people, and his record of driving growth is unmatched. His approach aligns perfectly with our culture. Together, we’re thrilled to bring this new healthcare staffing model to market,” said Jeff Tangney, CEO and co-founder of Doximity.
Bowling most recently served as founder and CEO of The Delta Companies, where he led the company to become one of the largest providers of locum tenens (temporary) in the U.S., ultimately resulting in one of the healthcare staffing industry’s biggest acquisitions. He currently holds several board positions with organizations throughout the staffing industry, including the American Staffing Association (ASA) and ClearlyRated.
Moving forward, Curative is positioned for significant growth. Bowling said, “We are going to go fast and grow fast. Curative now has all the advantages of a Silicon Valley tech company to fuel its customer experience and delivery. Most staffing firms have a database; we have access to a living, breathing network of physicians. Now, with the creation of Curative and the power of Doximity, hospitals and medical practices have access to the largest network of physicians. I’m here because this is different; 100% unique in staffing. Every CEO dreams of leading an organization with a true differentiator, and we have a clear one here.”
Former THMED brands including Medestar, Fidelis, THMED Executive Search and CV Staff Solutions are now part of the Curative brand. John Martin, former CEO of Medestar, and Arthur Cooper, former CEO of Fidelis, will remain with the company leading the locum tenens and permanent placement services, respectively.
THMED was a portfolio company of Waveland NCP Texas Ventures (WNCP), a partnership between New Capital Partners and Waveland Ventures. WNCP was a founding investor in THMED alongside John Martin.
Now live, the Curative brand reflects the forward-moving direction of the company through the expansion of the physician network and tech-forward solutions. The elements of the logo represent this next step in evolution for physician talent, exemplified by waves in motion that reverberate from the “C” in the Curative mark. To see Curative’s new look, click here.
Founded in 2011, Doximity connects physicians and clinicians to make them more successful and productive. It is the largest professional medical network with over 70 percent of all U.S. physicians as members. The network enables medical professionals to communicate with colleagues and patients, and to share their perspectives on the latest health care trends and research. Doximity is based in San Francisco and was created by the founders of Epocrates and Rock Health. To learn more, visit www.doximity.com.
Curative finds incredible healthcare practitioner talent with less hassle using better data. We combine the heart and hard work of experienced recruiters with the intelligent technology of Doximity, the world’s largest professional medical network. Using a tech lens to re-engineer the healthcare staffing delivery model, Curative delivers a superior clinician user experience and comes through with vetted practitioners. The result: the commitment and ability to find people who care.
APCHA Partner, LabCorp, shared Wednesday about their antibody tests. Please note there has been an update to their notification time period. More information can be found below.
EMERGENCY CHANGE NOTIFICATION
The below test(s) have an emergency change taking place.
Due to this, our normal notification time period will not occur. This test master notification letter indicates an emergency change.
Orderable Number and Name of test changing:
164055 SARS-CoV-2 Antibody, IgG
164034 SARS-CoV-2 Antibody, IgM
164072 SARS-CoV-2 Antibody, IgA
Reason for emergency change:
Reflex changes to IgG to support multiple platforms
Verbiage changes to IgG, IgA, and IgM for a more consise report.
Date of change: Monday 4/27/2020
Please log into www.labcorplink.com and enter date parameters below to view the Emergency test changes.
LabCorp’s online Test Change Notification tool will transition to a new website called LabCorp Link™. LabCorp Link is a suite of e-services from LabCorp – linking users to one place to access the tools used every day.
To use this new system and receive current test updates and new test releases, users will need to create a LabCorp Link account. Once an account has been created, you can access Test Change Notifications for the account tied to the user ID.
Register for LabCorp Link by www.labcorplink.com.
For your convenience, options to access or receive test updates are provided below. Updates are posted daily and are accessible 24/7.
On LabCorp Link, click the Test Change Notification card in the dashboard. Initiate a search, populating the appropriate field with posted dates 04/20/2020-04/20/2020 and effective dates 04/27/2020-04/27/2020. You have the option to apply a filter limiting the test updates viewed. An option is also available to view all Directory of Services test updates.
To all our healthcare partners:
We want to thank you for your dedication and perseverance during these extraordinary times. All of the employees at Medline appreciate and are inspired by what you and your teams are doing to provide care at such a critical time. Our whole country owes you a debt of gratitude.
We know that you need action and, most specifically, supplies. Medline’s designation as a Critical Infrastructure Industry is allowing us to not only stay operational, but to continue to get deliveries to all areas of the country. We are intent on doing our part to support you. We’ve increased production, redeployed and added manufacturing capabilities to produce new product and decontaminate N95 respirators for re-use, and are continuing to invest heavily in airfreighting product from Asia to increase supply as quickly as possible. We know there is not enough PPE on the ground today and want you to know Medline is sparing no cost or effort to respond to your needs.
Medline is dedicated to providing you transparent communication on the current state of product availability and how we are managing the supply chain during this crisis. In addition to the information that we’ve already shared, we are launching a resource center on Medline.com in the coming days for regular updates and a host of other tools you should find beneficial as you manage through the current situation.
To find out more, please watch this video from Medline CEO Charlie Mills. On behalf of our 17,000+ employees in the United States, many of whom are working around the clock in our manufacturing and distribution centers, we are here to support you — and your patients — in every way we can.
APHCA Platinum Partner, Medline Industries, offers APHCA members pertinent COVID-19 information through its online training tool, Medline University. Medline extends the COVID-19 courses through its collaboration with Healthstream at no cost to health centers. Follow the link below to Medline University.
If you have questions or medical supply needs please contact Greg Smith, Vice President Community and Rural Health at his direct line (502) 836-7908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.