Catalyst for Payment Reform

Ryan Olmstead

‘Tis the Season For A Teachable Moment (on Price Variation)

According to the CDC, 51.8% of Americans age 6 months or older received the flu vaccine during the 2019-2020 flu season; yet, the CDC recommends all individuals in this age range get the vaccine, with limited exceptions.  Consumers regularly get the vaccine as part of a primary care visit or at their local pharmacy.  In prior years, employers would offer their employees, and sometimes dependents, the added convenience of getting their flu vaccine on-site.  This year, however, many employers have limited or eliminated any widescale effort to offer on-site flu vaccines.  This means that some consumers will have to seek out their vaccine elsewhere.  So, what’s the appropriate site of care for the flu vaccine?

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