Most states have their own immunization registries; those that do not are in the process of establishing them. While the initial conversion from paper to the electronic registry may be cumbersome, the benefits to the practice and patient far outweigh the associated time, effort, and cost. The practice benefits from reduced time in researching and/or obtaining a patient’s updated immunization records. The patient benefits by having quick, accurate access to records, which reduces the possibility of receiving duplicate immunizations and being over- or under-immunized. Using the registry enhances quality of care. Remember to keep an updated copy of the immunization record in your medical record.

While monitoring vaccine costs and payments, every practice should also be working toward getting the best pricing for its vaccines. There are several strategies that can be used to reduce vaccine costs. Many independent practice associations or other group alliances have group purchasing agreements that...

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