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Local Health Department Immunization Billing Questionnaire Results. Sunee N. Mickle Kansas Health Institute October 12, 2006. Background. LHDs are a major part of immunization delivery network Are LHDs offering immunization services to all children? Who is paying for these immunizations?.

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local health department immunization billing questionnaire results

Local Health Department Immunization Billing Questionnaire Results

Sunee N. Mickle

Kansas Health Institute

October 12, 2006

background
Background
  • LHDs are a major part of immunization delivery network
  • Are LHDs offering immunization services to all children?
  • Who is paying for these immunizations?
survey goals
Survey Goals
  • Survey conducted 9/06 – 10/06
  • Understand eligibility in LHDs
    • Are all children eligible for immunization services regardless of insurance coverage?
  • Learn about billing practices
    • Sliding fee scale
    • Billing insurance companies
survey design and participation
Survey Design and Participation
  • 6 questions
  • 105 county local health departments
    • 63 counties received survey in September
    • 42 counties received survey in October
  • 89 counties (85%) responded as of 10/9/06
billing private insurance companies for immunization services
Billing Private Insurance Companies for Immunization Services

N respondents that immunize children with private insurance = 77

key findings
Key Findings
  • All LHDs offer immunizations for Healthwave and VFC children
  • The majority (74%) of LHDs immunize children regardless of insurance coverage
    • Many (but not all) LHDs bill insurance companies
    • Those that do not may use public vaccine or bill clients for immunization services