Next Steps for LTC Facilities After Federal Pharmacy Partnership Ends
The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, which has been administering COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care (LTC) facilities, is expected to be completed by the end of March 2021. As such, it’s important for facilities to develop plans for continued access to the vaccine for ongoing immunization of their residents and staff.
On February 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided options for LTC facility leadership to consider when making future COVID-19 vaccination plans for their facilities. They provided three options to keep vaccination programs moving forward:
- Contact Your Current LTC Pharmacy Provider
Have a discussion with your existing LTC pharmacy to determine if it’s enrolled to provide COVID-19 vaccines through its state or territory. If not enrolled, determine if it has plans to become a vaccine provider and can administer the vaccine to your residents and staff.
- Seek an Alternate LTC Pharmacy Enrolled as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider
The federal government launched the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks representing more than 40,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program website to see which pharmacies are participating for your geographic location. Be aware that if they’re enrolled, they’re responsible for administering the vaccine, not your facility staff. However, they’re permitted to subcontract staff and through this process could use facility staff for vaccine administration.
- Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider in Your State or Territory Directly
Some states are enrolling LTC facilities as vaccine providers and will allow them to order COVID-19 vaccines directly at the state level. The LTC facility would be responsible for vaccine ordering, storage, handling, and administration, as well as reporting supply and required vaccine administration data. The COVID-19 vaccination provider enrollment process differs in each state, and facilities should work directly with their state immunization program to obtain more information.
If you have any questions about accessing COVID-19 vaccination programs or reporting requirements, please contact your BKD Trusted Advisor™ or submit the Contact Us form below.