Independent Pharmacy COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives for Medicaid Patients: July 14 Survey Deadline
Independent pharmacies have two options to incentivize Medicaid patients who get their first COVID-19 shot at their pharmacy.
Please ensure that the gift card tracker documents have patient information specific to each managed care plan and that the information is sent securely via email to protect patient data. Vaccinators can use this COVID-19 Vaccine Gift Card Tracker Example.
COVID-19 Health Equity Resource
Certain segments of Ohio’s population continue to have issues accessing the COVID-19 vaccine. These access issues include geographical inaccessibility but also vaccine hesitancy among the community. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has created the following provider guidance on Health Equity Considerations Getting Vaccine to Ohio’s Most Vulnerable.
Vaccine Ordering Resource
All vaccinators are able to order state distributed vaccines through Ohio’a Vaccine Ordering Management System (VOMS). ODH has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Ordering Webinar to provide further guidance into the steps to successfully order vaccines from the state.
ReminderManaged Care Programs Announced Pharmacy Incentives for COVID-19 Vaccine
Ohio’s Medicaid Managed Care Programs announced additional pharmacy incentives through CSS Health and OutcomesMTM platforms. Pharmacists can now engage further with Ohio’s Medicaid population to have meaningful patient interactions answering their questions and administering the COVID-19 vaccines. Ohio Medicaid patients for the following plans are eligible for this incentive:
Additionally, see this website: https://www.covidvaxonthespot.com/ that provides valuable resources to patients, including upcoming vaccine events, transportation information, and pharmacy information. For specific details about the incentive programs, please see the following press releases: Outcomes(TM) partners with Medicaid plans to help Ohio Medicaid members get vaccinated and CareSource Partners with CSS Health to Help Members Get Vaccinated.
Helpful State Vaccine Resources and Information
The following resources are helpful for vaccinators to contact ODH regarding vaccine shipments:
OPA is working diligently to facilitate communication between state decision-makers and member pharmacists. OPA has created multiple COVID-19 resources, including a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Webpage, COVID-19 Testing Hub, and COVID-19 Resources Webpage, on the OPA website www.ohiopharmacists.org under the Resources drop-down box. For further questions, please contact Myriam Shaw Ojeda, Fellow in Policy and Innovation, at email@example.com.