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Friday, December 18, 2020
Vaccine distribution plan and provider enrollment announced
As the first COVID-19 vaccination was given this week in the United States, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with health systems and other sites to give the allotted doses as quickly as possible. The state's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan outlines distribution plans and more. The CDC updated their coronavirus website to include COVID-19 vaccine resources for providers.

Registration also opened for those interested in being a COVID-19 vaccine provider. (Providers must also be enrolled in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). View the application and FAQ for more details. (Ascension employed physicians should contact Ascension about this.)
HPV vaccination rates low in Michigan
According to the CDC, over 30,000 people in the United States are affected by HPV-associated cancers each year. While the HPV vaccine provides safe, effective and lasting protection against HPV infections that most commonly cause cancer, vaccination rates for children in Michigan remain low.

The Michigan Cancer Consortium's Cancer Plan 2021-2030 includes the goal of improving HPV vaccine series completion from 43.6% to 80% in females and males ages 13-17.

MDHHS' Adolescent Immunization website offers great resources for talking to patients and parents about HPV. Posters, brochures, infographics and more can be found on this website. The CDC also provides tips for answering parents' questions about the HPV vaccine.

Click here to view a HPV vaccine webinar giving a statewide perspective, showing the consequences of HPV infection and the need for prevention. It also provides practical, easy to use tools for interactions with patients and parents.
Affiliate Partners offer special services and pricing to members
As this year winds down and we look to 2021, The Physician Alliance's Affiliate Partners program can help practices with a multitude of services to improve business performance and finances. The following partners offer special products, services and pricing to TPA members. Click on the links to view details and contact information.

Cyber Liability Insurance - Huntington Insurance

Legal Services - Rickard & Associates, P.C.

Medical Answering Service - Ambs Call Center

Medical Debt Collection - Transworld Systems, Inc.

Medical Malpractice Insurance - Coverys

Mortgage & Banking Services - Huntington Bank

Office Supplies & Solutions - Office Depot

Payroll/HR Services - DynamicHR

Revenue Cycle Management - Coronis Health

Telephone Solutions and Services - Edge Solutions

Vaccine Purchasing Program - Atlantic Health Partners
Michigan hosts COVID-19 vaccine webinars
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is offering webinars to review the two COVID-19 vaccines that will be arriving soon in Michigan. A webinar to review some common COVID-19 vaccine concerns is also coming soon.
Webinars start at 12pm and are 30-minutes (including 10 minutes for Q&A). You do not need to register ahead of time and no CEUs will be offered. Details and access information is available here.
• December 21, 2020: An Update on the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
• December 22, 2020: Talking Points for Common COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns
An update on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was provided on Dec. 14. To view the webinar, click here and search Course ID: 1095080 after logging in.
New CPT codes for 2021 discussed during webinar
Are you ready for the new CPT codes launching in the new year?

If you missed the Lunch with the Coder: CPT Updates for 2021 webinar last week, check out the webinar recording here.

The webinar focused on new CPT codes for 2021 and how to prepare for changes to help avoid claim denials and prevent revenue cycle interruptions.
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Featured Affiliate Partner: CYBER LIABILITY INSURANCE - Huntington Insurance helps protect your practice from liability for cyber breaches, which can bring significant financial penalties. Make sure your practice is covered with cyber liability insurance!

Learn more about this partner.