Stakeholder Notice of April Board of Health Rulemaking Hearing on Immunization Exemptions
Colorado requires all students to be immunized per the vaccine schedule established by Colorado Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2, upon school entry. The purpose of the immunization requirements for school entry is to protect students, staff, and the visiting public against vaccine-preventable diseases within schools. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is proposing amendments to this rule that encompass three objectives. These objectives, along with the rulemaking process and opportunities for public comment and participation are outlined in this letter.
2014 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado's Children Report
Prepared annually by James Gaensbauer MD, Carl Armon PhD, and James Todd MD the 2014 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children Report summarizes the authors' analysis of rates of childhood vaccination and vaccine-preventable illnesses in 2013.
2015 Medicaid Update: Payment for Office Visits and Vaccine Administration
Beginning January 1, 2015, Colorado Medicaid will reimburse covered office visit (E&M) procedure codes and vaccine administration procedure codes for all public and private Medicaid providers at a rate equal to 100% of Medicare’s December 2014 reimbursement rate. The new rate will be available to all enrolled providers that submit fee schedule claims for office visits or vaccine administrations. The new reimbursement rate has been authorized through June 2016.
HPV Vaccination Report: Colorado
Three vaccinations are recommended for boys and girls aged 11-12 years: human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap), and meningococcal (MenACWY). Nationally, HPV vaccination coverage for teens lags behind other adolescent vaccinations and remains far below Healthy People 2020 targets of 80% coverage by 2020. Many efforts have focused on accelerating HPV vaccination uptake, and these quarterly reports highlight data and strategies to continue to facilitate collaboration in increasing HPV vaccination coverage. The current report will focus on the importance of a strong recommendation from clinicians. Individual immunization programs may also have other data and information about strategies already being implemented to increase HPV vaccination coverage in Colorado.