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Removing Stress From The Holidays

12/12/17

Hustle & bustle can take wellness off track.  Trying to squeeze in everything in a short time is enough to create stress for anyone. Here are several suggestions on how to create a more joy filled season.

Newborn Influenza Prevention with Maternal Immunization

12/7/2017

 

The Journal of Infectious Diseases recently published a study on the effect of maternal influenza vaccination during pregnancy. Researchers found that the influenza vaccine administered during pregnancy was 61% effective in preventing influenza in newborns.  The study was based in Japan during the 2013-14 influenza season.  Read more.

Smoke Advisory Issued

12/6/17

A smoke advisory has been issued for today and Thursday due to brush fires in and around areas affected by local fires;  West San Fernando Valley, East San Fernando Valley, SW Los Angeles County Coastal, NW Los Angeles County Coastal.  Poor air quality makes it inadvisable for anyone to exercise outdoors or indoors.  Read more on the specifics for those particularly sensitive.

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

12/5/17

Physicians and their staff may access support materials from the CDC at this link;  NIVW .  National Influenza Vaccination week is officially December 3-9, 2017.  From #fightfluchat a Twitter chat, newsletter content and social media messages, practices have a myriad of choices to help them protect more patients against influenza this season.

QVH Systems Helps Practices Maximize QPP Score

11/29/17

 

Clinicians bewildered by what MACRA means to their practices now have QVH Systems as a resource to guide them.  QVH’s MIPS Navigator tool helps physicians and/or administrators develop a specific plan for their practice.  MIPS eligible clinicians maximize their success with the assistance of QVH Systems!

MACRA, MIPS, PQRS, QPP, HSAG, etc……

From our friends at Cooperative of American Physicians ( CAP MPT ).

Definitions and more on what you need to know to get your practice ready.

 MACRA = Medicare Access Chip Reauthorization Act

MIPS = Merit based Incentive Payment System

PQRS = Physician Quality Reporting System

QPP = Quality Payment Program

HSAG = Health Services Advisory Group

Wednesday Wisdom

11/22/17

“So never lose and opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”

– FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Flu Statistics

11/21/17

 

Medical professionals and other interested persons are able to get the latest U.S. Influenza statistics in the FluView Report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This report is for Week 45 that ending on November 11, 2017. There has been a slight increase in flu activity in the United States reported for that week.

Vaccine Savings

11/15/17

 

Independent primary care practices both large and small can access contracted vaccine discounts through an affiliation with a Physician Buying Group like Medical Practice Purchasing Group, MPPG.  MPPG works with the manufacturers Merck, Sanofi Pasteur as well as Pfizer for Trumenba, the Meningitis B vaccine.  To receive these discounts at no charge on directly purchased vaccines join MPPG today!

 

 

HPV Vaccine Recommendations Ideas from the CDC

11/14/17

 

A very brief video of Dr. Casler shares what may be helpful for when physicians speak with patients and/or parents about immunizing against HPV.  Physician recommendation is essential; perhaps keeping the information as simple as possible and practicing what is said may help as well.

HPV Vaccine Under Utilized?

11/09/17

 

Physician Maurie Markman discusses a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Dr. Markman shares his concern regarding the low immunization numbers for young patients as well as young cancer survivors.  The HPV vaccine, also known as Gardasil 9 is highly effective and recommended by the CDC.

CDC Resources Provide Immunization Support

11/7/17

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a resource library to assist in your vaccination efforts.  From vaccine storage to immunization training and technique the CDC has what you need.  To find published, immunization recommendation schedules for your office that can be located at the ACIP site.

A Closer Look at TAB Healthcare Solutions

10/31/17

 

The healthcare industry comes with a unique set of challenges, including tight budgets, growing volumes of sensitive information, and a highly regulated environment. TAB works with hundreds of organizations representing different domains within the healthcare industry. We have developed a number of solutions to address specific issues faced by healthcare organizations.

Minimize Records & Information Costs  File storage costs put the squeeze on already tight healthcare budgets. TAB helps you minimize records storage costs with compact, efficient shelving solutions and purges of unneeded paper and electronic documents. TAB also helps speed access to the paper documents you need to keep through file tracking solutions and high quality filing supplies

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3rd Dose of Mumps Containing Vaccine Recommended

10/26/17

 

The ACIP unanimously voted this week to recommend a third dose of Mumps containing vaccine for those in settings where risk is greater, such as college students and those on sports teams. The 6,000 Mumps cases in the US last year occurred in a primarily well vaccinated population and prompted this booster dose recommendation.  Read more

Newly Approved Shingles Vaccine receives ACIP preference

10/25/17

 

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) gives their recommendation and preference of Shingvax vaccine over current shingles vaccine, Zostavax.  This vote was due to the impressive 90% efficacy demonstrated by Shingvax.  This information will be published in the upcoming issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  Read more

Tdap Vaccination Improves for Pregnant Women

10/24/2017

 

There has been a positive increase in Tdap immunization rates in woman who are pregnant.  The Tdap vaccination rate in this group was a mere 9% in 2012 and then in 2015 the vaccination rate was 54%.  This improvement, according to the CDC, is due to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ( ACIP ) recommendations.  Although this is an important improvement more need to be vaccinated.  The recommendations are that most pregnant women receive Tdap in the 3rd trimester for each pregnancy.  READ MORE

HPV Related Head & Neck Cancers Higher in Men than Women

10/18/17

 

Human Papilloma Virus infections caused more head and neck cancers in men than in women according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Adults participated in the National Health and Nutritional Survey from 2011 to 2014. The information was then evaluated by researchers

Hep A Outbreak in California

10/17/17

 

state of emergency was declared on October 13th by California’s Governor, Jerry  Brown due to the 18 deaths and 576 cases caused by the hepatitis A outbreak. This declaration will give the state of California the ability to purchase hepatitis A vaccine from the manufactures.

Ebola Vaccines Immunogenic

10/12/17

 

Although efficacy hasn’t been proven yet in Ebola vaccines, the immunogenicity trials show safety and promise.  The findings comparing two investigational vaccine formulations to a saline placebo are reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.

PCV13 Impact on Pneumonia

10/10/2017

 

This study showed impressive data on the effective protection of the PCV13 vaccine for pneumonia.  Tamara Pilishvili et al evaluated incidence rates before and after the introduction and recommendation of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate Vaccine.