DOH Issues Updated Polio Guidance

September 29, 2022

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) updated its advisory on poliovirus for adult polio vaccination to align with the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults who were born and raised in the United States can assume that they were vaccinated as children unless there are specific reasons to believe they were not vaccinated. If an adult at risk has reason to believe that they were not vaccinated and records cannot easily and quickly be obtained, then treat them as if they are unvaccinated.

Poliovirus Vaccine Coverage for Medicaid Patients

Additionally, in accordance with Executive Order 21.0, effective through October 9, 2022, New York State Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) plans will cover the inactivated poliovirus vaccine for administration to Medicaid FFS and MMC members.

Enhanced Poliovirus Surveillance

Furthermore, enhanced surveillance for non-paralytic polio (non-specific viral symptoms or meningitis) has been expanded to include non-New York City counties in which the poliovirus genetically related to the virus strain from the case-patient has been found. As of September 28, those counties include Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Nassau.

GNYHA encourages members to review the attached advisory for information on polio vaccination and billing and coverage for the inactivated poliovirus vaccine for Medicaid FFS and MMC patients.

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