Vaccine Delivery: The Texas Medical Association is dedicated to helping assure all Texans are fully vaccinated. TMA recommends several actions to help remove barriers for physicians and add accountability and transparency to all aspects of vaccine delivery.
1. That TMA work with the Texas Legislature to highlight the critical contribution of Texas physicians in reaching the state's public health immunization goals by eliminating vaccine preventable illnesses and also, assuring comprehensive services in the medical home setting. In addition, TMA supports legislation to:
(a) Eliminate the business tax on vaccines;
(b) Establish a purchase reference for acquisition of each vaccine recommended for children, based on a standard transparent source, such as the CDC Private Sector Price List;
(c) Mandate vaccine payment reporting by insurance companies in order to determine if they are covering the true costs of these preventive services; and
(d) Further universal reporting to the state's immunization registry.
2. That TMA support increased federal funding of the Section 317 program and state funding to increase payment to physicians for the administrative costs of providing immunizations to patients in the Medicaid and Texas Vaccines for Children programs.
3. That TMA work with the Texas Department of State Health Services and other recognized groups to expand and promote resources to assist physician members on how practices can best establish a business and public health case for providing immunizations and determine the tools necessary to negotiate best price (CPH Rep. 1-A-09).
Last Updated On
October 07, 2016