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The Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program (AVAP) operates to ensure that all Alaskans have access to Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines. In 2014, the Alaska State Legislature established AVAP, a new statewide funding partnership. The funding partnership was authorized in Alaska statute 18.09.200 and established a vaccine assessment account that will enable the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to purchase all pediatric and select adult vaccines at costs below those of private purchase alternatives.

The advisory FAQs are divided into five broad categories:
1. “A” means questions related to Assessments.
2. “C” means questions related to Covered Lives.
3. “G” means questions related to Government Programs.
4. “P” means questions related to Providers.
5. “V” means questions related to Vaccines.
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Assessments

Show details for A1. Why did the Alaska legislature form the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program (AVAP)?A1. Why did the Alaska legislature form the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program (AVAP)?
Show details for A2. How does the program save money?A2. How does the program save money?
Show details for A3. How does AVAP work for payers and providers? A3. How does AVAP work for payers and providers?
Show details for A4. Who oversees the program?A4. Who oversees the program?
Show details for A5. Are insurance carriers the only entities paying the assessment? A5. Are insurance carriers the only entities paying the assessment?
Show details for A6. What does "assessable entity" mean?A6. What does "assessable entity" mean?
Show details for A7. Must both the employer and the insurer, or third-party administrator (TPA) administering the plan, pay theA7. Must both the employer and the insurer, or third-party administrator (TPA) administering the plan, pay the assessment for a given covered life?
Show details for A8. Must Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans pay the assessment?A8. Must Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans pay the assessment?
Show details for A9. Are publicly funded health care benefit plans mandated to particfipate in the program?A9. Are publicly funded health care benefit plans mandated to particfipate in the program?
Show details for A10. How are an entity's assessments determined?A10. How are an entity's assessments determined?
Show details for A11. What is the 2017 assessment rate?A11. What is the 2017 assessment rate?
Show details for A12. Are the childhood and adult vaccine-eligible populations combined to form a single assessment cost per paA12. Are the childhood and adult vaccine-eligible populations combined to form a single assessment cost per payer?
Show details for A13. Are payments made by assessment payers accountable as medical expenses?A13. Are payments made by assessment payers accountable as medical expenses?
Show details for A14. Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) preempt any provisions of the AVAP?A14. Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) preempt any provisions of the AVAP?
Show details for A15. Where can I find more details about the AVAP assessment rate calculation?A15. Where can I find more details about the AVAP assessment rate calculation?
Show details for A16. What is the three-year phase-in period?A16. What is the three-year phase-in period?
Show details for A17. When are assessment payments due? A17. When are assessment payments due?
Show details for A18. What if AVAP collects too little?A18. What if AVAP collects too little?
Show details for A19. What if AVAP collects too much?A19. What if AVAP collects too much?
Show details for A20. If I am a Payer, where do I go to complete the online assessment? A20. If I am a Payer, where do I go to complete the online assessment?
Show details for A21. Are there any tutorials on the use of this system? A21. Are there any tutorials on the use of this system?
Show details for A22. What if I have registered in the assessment system, but I need to change some of my information?A22. What if I have registered in the assessment system, but I need to change some of my information?
Show details for A23. If I make a mistake in my report, how can I correct it?A23. If I make a mistake in my report, how can I correct it?
Show details for A24. I accidentally overpaid.  Can I be reimbursed?A24. I accidentally overpaid. Can I be reimbursed?
Show details for A25. How do I submit my payment?A25. How do I submit my payment?
Show details for A26. What if I submit a late report or payment?A26. What if I submit a late report or payment?
Show details for A27. How do I create a password for the assessment system on www.akvaccine.org?A27. How do I create a password for the assessment system on www.akvaccine.org?
Show details for A28. What should I do if my company has created a password for the assessment system on www.akvaccine.org, butA28. What should I do if my company has created a password for the assessment system on www.akvaccine.org, but I no longer have it?
Show details for A29. Can payers opt out of the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program?A29. Can payers opt out of the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program?
Show details for A30. Is opt out advisable?A30. Is opt out advisable?
Show details for A31. Can individual health plans or clients opt out on their own?A31. Can individual health plans or clients opt out on their own?
Show details for A32. Have the opt out procedures been established as contemplated by statute [AS.18.09.220(e)]?A32. Have the opt out procedures been established as contemplated by statute [AS.18.09.220(e)]?
Show details for A33. Is the assessment voluntary?A33. Is the assessment voluntary?
Show details for A34. Will participating payers save money starting in 2016?A34. Will participating payers save money starting in 2016?

Covered Lives

Show details for C1. Must entities report only child covered lives, or should adult covered lives be included as well? C1. Must entities report only child covered lives, or should adult covered lives be included as well?
Show details for C2. What are “adult covered lives”?C2. What are “adult covered lives”?
Show details for C3. What are “child covered lives”?C3. What are “child covered lives”?
Show details for C4. Must an entity file reports even if it does not provide medical benefits and therefore has zero covered liC4. Must an entity file reports even if it does not provide medical benefits and therefore has zero covered lives?
Show details for C5. If an entity files a Permanent Zero Covered Lives Report, but it later has covered lives, what should it dC5. If an entity files a Permanent Zero Covered Lives Report, but it later has covered lives, what should it do?
Show details for C6. If my company has filed an Annual Zero Covered Lives Report, when should we file our next report?C6. If my company has filed an Annual Zero Covered Lives Report, when should we file our next report?
Show details for C7. Must Payers who opt out still report their covered lives using the AVAP online self-reporting assessment sC7. Must Payers who opt out still report their covered lives using the AVAP online self-reporting assessment system?

Government Programs

Show details for G1. Has AVAP changed anything for the federally funded Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) or state-sponsored G1. Has AVAP changed anything for the federally funded Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) or state-sponsored medical plans?
Show details for G2. Do providers still need to screen for VFC eligibility?G2. Do providers still need to screen for VFC eligibility?

Providers

Show details for P1. Does this program affect how providers receive vaccine?P1. Does this program affect how providers receive vaccine?
Show details for P2. What are the benefits for my practice in receiving state-supplied vaccine through AVAP?P2. What are the benefits for my practice in receiving state-supplied vaccine through AVAP?
Show details for P3. Can providers still purchase vaccines privately?P3. Can providers still purchase vaccines privately?
Show details for P4. Do providers need to pay for state-supplied vaccines for children and covered adults?P4. Do providers need to pay for state-supplied vaccines for children and covered adults?
Show details for P5. How does this program affect patients?P5. How does this program affect patients?
Show details for P6. Are health care providers who care for uninsured adults required to participate in the assessment?P6. Are health care providers who care for uninsured adults required to participate in the assessment?
Show details for P7. Could providers get vaccine for uninsured adults, funded by surplus funds, even if they don't opt in?P7. Could providers get vaccine for uninsured adults, funded by surplus funds, even if they don't opt in?
Show details for P8. Will providers incur a higher assessment cost for adult vaccines than they are currently paying?P8. Will providers incur a higher assessment cost for adult vaccines than they are currently paying?
Hide details for P9. How will providers be compensated for the administration of vaccines?P9. How will providers be compensated for the administration of vaccines?
Since the assessment only covers the cost of the vaccine, providers will bill either the payers or the patients directly for vaccine administration fees, as their current practice.
Show details for P10. Are pharmacists able to participate in the program?P10. Are pharmacists able to participate in the program?
Show details for P11. Should providers bill $0.00 or $0.01 for state-supplied vaccines?P11. Should providers bill $0.00 or $0.01 for state-supplied vaccines?
Show details for P12. How do providers enroll to receive state-supplied vaccine? P12. How do providers enroll to receive state-supplied vaccine?
Show details for P13. How can I get updated information on AVAP?P13. How can I get updated information on AVAP?
Show details for P14. What patient eligibility (VFC) Codes should be used?P14. What patient eligibility (VFC) Codes should be used?
Show details for P15. Will providers have a choice of which vaccine brands to use?P15. Will providers have a choice of which vaccine brands to use?
Show details for P16. Why is PCV13 not on the adult state-supplied formulary?P16. Why is PCV13 not on the adult state-supplied formulary?

Vaccines

Show details for V1. Who sets vaccine policy?V1. Who sets vaccine policy?
Show details for V2. What vaccines are covered by the Alaska Immunization Program? V2. What vaccines are covered by the Alaska Immunization Program?
Show details for V3. Is the cost of seasonal flu vaccine included in the assessment rates?V3. Is the cost of seasonal flu vaccine included in the assessment rates?
Show details for V4. Does AVAP establish a vaccine mandate?V4. Does AVAP establish a vaccine mandate?
Show details for V5. What is VacTrAK? V5. What is VacTrAK?
Show details for V6. Does AVAP impact my taxes? V6. Does AVAP impact my taxes?
Show details for V7. How does AVAP know the amount of vaccine it needs to purchase? V7. How does AVAP know the amount of vaccine it needs to purchase?
Show details for V8. Does DHSS expect vaccine uptake rates to increase once AVAP goes into effect? V8. Does DHSS expect vaccine uptake rates to increase once AVAP goes into effect?








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