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  • National Infant Immunization Week

    Tags: National Infant Immunization Week, DSHS, Hepatitis B Vaccine, community immunization education event, low-cost immunizations, uninsured children, immtrac

    By Perdita Henry

    April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week and the Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer several different ways to help you keep your patients’ parents informed.

    The DSHS’s National Infant Immunization Week website features articles and offers printable, bilingual, materials such as the “Protect Two from the Flu” brochure, the “Pertussis Cocooning” brochure, and the “Hepatitis B Vaccine Can Save Your Baby’s Life” poster to assist you in educating your patients about the benefits of immunizations and how they keep those most at risk safe.

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  • National Immunization Awareness Month, week three: Keeping little ones safe

    Tags: NIAM, immunizations, DSHS

    By Perdita Henry

    Texas Department of State Health Services is kicking off week three of National Immunization Awareness Month by focusing on infants and children through age six. Did you know that there’s a website that can assist the busy parents of your littlest patients keep track of immunization schedules? ImmTrac is an online portal that allows parents to register and keep track of their child’s vaccination schedule. Safe and secure, ImmTrac is a convenient tool that can help new parents make sure they are keeping their little ones safe.

    DSHS also notes that many of your tiny patients may be eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children Program which aims to ensure that all families have the tools to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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  • National Immunization Awareness Month, week two: Keep mama and baby safe during pregnancy

    Tags: NIAM, immunizations, DSHS

    By Perdita Henry

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this week’s focus is on immunizations that keep pregnant women and babies healthy across the state. The Texas Department of State Health Services offers resources to help you educate your patients on the importance of vaccines during pregnancy. The Pertussis Cocooning brochure, Protect Two from the Flu brochure, and the ImmTrac newborn consent are just a few of the documents currently available for download at ImmunizeTexasOrderForm.com.

    If you are planning an NIAM activity or event and would like to have it featured on the Regional Events and Activities map, fill out the NIAM activity form and email it to Linc Allen, Coalitions and Partnerships Coordinator at linc.allen@dshs.state.tx.us.

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  • HHSC seeks physicians for new state advisory committees

    Tags: advisory committee, medicaid, HHSC, DSHS

    Last year the Legislature made its regular adjustments to the list of advisory committees that report to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of State Health Services. These committees play important roles in bringing fresh perspectives to the agencies and family doctors who have served on them in the past have had the chance to influence state programs to benefit patients.

    The full list of advisory committees with available seats can be found on the HHSC website, but two committees are of particular interest to the Academy. The new Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Committee is a combination of the previous Medicaid/CHIP Quality-Based Payment Advisory Committee and the Texas Institute for Healthcare Quality. Its purpose is to provide a forum to promote public-private, multi-stakeholder collaboration in support of quality improvement and value-based payment initiatives for Medicaid and other health services.

    The Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee will advise HHSC on the operation of Medicaid managed care, including program design and benefits, concerns about the system from consumers and providers, efficiency and quality of services, contract requirements, network adequacy, trends in claims processing, and other issues. The agency is looking for primary care physicians and has a specific directive to include rural providers.

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