‘Top Docs’ looks at vaccinations & the need for strong physician/pharmacist relationships

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses the crucial need for patients to get vaccinated and why it’s imperative for physicians and pharmacists to work in collaborative ways to increase vaccination rates.

The program features Jeff Stone, M.D., MBA, MHA, FAAFP – the president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and a full-time, board-certified family physician with WellStar Health Systems.

Dr. Stone discusses… 

– Who needs to get vaccinated
– Why vaccines are so important
– Why it’s important to improve vaccination rates
– Some of the barriers to higher vaccination rates
– Whether medical practices generally have most adult vaccines on hand
– Why it’s important for physicians and pharmacists to work in collaborative ways
– How pharmacists can help make vaccines more accessible
– If the vaccines that are available at pharmacies and medical practices are the same
– Whether pharmacists are trained to give vaccinations
– Which vaccines can be given at pharmacies in Georgia
– Whether vaccines are normally covered by insurance
– Who has the authority to administer vaccines during a public health emergency

With a “penchant for evidenced based, outcome driven, and cost-effective medicine,” Dr. Stone is the chair of WellStar’s Antibiotic Stewardship Committee. He has served as the president of the Cobb County Medical Society, and he is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Stone has been a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for nearly 30 years. He has a degree from Bucknell University, a master’s degree in business and health and administration from Georgia State University, and a medical degree from the St. George’s University School of Medicine. It is also worth noting that Dr. Stone is a graduate of the MAG Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy. 

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 900,000 listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won two awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio

Resources

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians website

CDC ‘Vaccine-Preventable Adult Diseases’ web page

11 Alive ‘3 more measles cases reported in Cobb County’ report

Georgia DPH ‘Immunize Georgia’ summary

Journal of Primary Prevention ‘Estimated Human and Economic Burden of Four Major Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the United States, 2013’ abstract

Drugstore News ‘Community Pharmacy Special Report’

Georgia Health News ‘Shots at the pharmacy – a growing trend in Georgia’ article

AAFP ‘Medicare Part B and Part D Vaccine Coverage’ web page

MLN ‘Medicare Part D Vaccines Fact Sheet’

MLN ‘Medicare Part D Vaccines Fact Sheet’ (printer-friendly version)

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.