News & Events
News & Events
Stop pertussis from coming back to school
Immunize with Tdap now to protect your patients
Pertussis is widespread in California, with its seasonal incidence highest during summer and fall. Hundreds of thousands of adolescents in California may not yet have received a dose of Tdap booster vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to catching pertussis now and, whether from illness or the new school law, missing classes in the fall.
To assist understaffed schools with their recordkeeping, a recent amendment to the law gives schools the option to extend the deadline for students to show proof of vaccination for up to 30 days beyond the first day of school - check with your local schools on whether they are using this option. Regardless of any extensions, protect your unimmunized patients by giving them Tdap as soon as possible.
Please take the following steps to help your adolescent patients:
Be prepared for a rush of last-minute Tdap appointments.
Apply seasonal flu vaccine strategies to Tdap: e.g. drop-in visits, special clinic hours.
- Repeatedly remind patients about Tdap by mail, telephone, emails and clinic displays.
- Keep track of which patients have and haven’t received Tdap.
- Immunize your patients with Tdap NOW if they haven’t had it yet.
Provide clear documentation of Tdap immunization that your patients can bring to school.
- Ensure that you have adequate vaccine supplies and proper storage for them.
10 Steps to Better Healthcare: A Guide for Chinese-American Seniors
A critical problem facing Chinese American seniors is being able to access and take full advantage of available health care. Language, socioeconomic, and cultural barriers can isolate this vulnerable population making it nearly impossible for some to get answers to basic, yet important questions. To address this need, L.A. Care Health Plan has worked in partnership with Chinatown Service Center, UCLA Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), and LA 18/KSCI-TV to offer 10 Steps to Better Healthcare: A Guide for Chinese-American Seniors.
Topics covered include how to get an interpreter, find free and low cost transportation to see your doctor, and saving money on prescriptions. A total of 25,000 copies of this ground-breaking DVD will be distributed through several community partners spanning Southern and Northern California and parts of New York State.
L.A. Care Health Plan Medical Management Quarterly Technical Bulletins
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter 2011 Medical Management Technical Bulletin (PDF)
1st Quarter 2011 Medical Management Technical Bulletin (PDF)
3rd and 4th Quarter 2010 Medical Management Technical Bulletin (PDF)
Click here to download your copy of the L.A. Care Health Plan 2nd Quarter 2010 Medical Management Quarterly Technical Bulletin (PDF)