Improving Immunization Rates
Great Plains QIN is actively working with providers, patients, partners and stakeholders to implement best practices to increase immunization rates for influenza, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunization rates among adults in the United States are much lower than national targets. Several interventions, however, have proven successful. For example, recommendations from healthcare professionals have repeatedly shown to increase immunization rates. System-level changes that include routine vaccine assessment, recommendations and administration also lead to improvement.
Goal: By 2019, we envision an absolute rate of 90% for adult immunization status assessment, appropriate immunization or referral and documentation of Medicare beneficiary immunization status via electronic methods. This goal will be achieved by educating and assisting Home Health Agencies (HHAs); practitioner-owned and/or -operated offices/clinics and other healthcare facilities to implement the adult immunization recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and National Vaccine Advisory Committee standards for adult immunization practice.
We offer a wealth of free evidence-based resources to promote influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccination best practices, guidelines and tools to break down barriers to care for disparate populations. We have also convened a Learning and Action Network (LAN) to give providers, community organizations and patients the opportunity to share and learn. Ultimately, we intend to improve access to and quality of care through our efforts. Together, we play an important role in helping to educate patients about immunization recommendations. Join our Learning and Action Network today.
State Immunization Information Systems for the Great Plains QIN Region
|National Immunization Awareness Month Promotional Toolkit||Tool||National Immunization Awareness Month Toolkit||Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion|
|Immunization Newsletter Article||Article||Newsletter Article - Immunizations - Dr. Schroeder (Author)||GPQIN|
|These schedules indicate the recommended age groups and medical indications|
for which administration of currently licensed vaccines is commonly recommended
for adults ages 19 years and older, as of February 1, 2015.
|Tool||Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule - Pocket Sized||CDC|
|Immunization Toolkit - Resources for Pharmacists||Toolkit||Immunization Toolkit: Pharmacists||GPQIN|
|Immunizations Toolkit with Nebraska Specific information.||Toolkit||Great Plains QIN Nebraska immunization Toolkit||GPQIN|
|Healthcare personnel in LTC settings have the lowest reported flu vaccination rates. Learn ways to increase staff awareness.||Tool||Long-Term Care Staff Immunization Strategies||GPQIN|
|Annually, thousands of Americans are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn ways to increase awareness.||Tool||Immunization Strategies||GPQIN|
|This fact sheet provides information regarding adult immunization rates, goals and working together to improve health of older adults.||Tool||Improving Adult Immunization Rates Fact Sheet||GPQIN|
|Vaccine Scripting Assistance for Clinics||Tool||Script Guidance for Vaccine Hesitant Patients||GPQIN|
|Fight the Flu Poster||Tool||Fight the Flu Poster||GPQIN|
|Poster - Protect Those You Love||Tool||Protect Those You Love Poster||GPQIN|
|Identify how the Immunization task can assist you in the Quality Payment Program||Resource||How Immunizations Align with the Quality Payment Program||GPQIN|
|Tammy McNeil||RHIA, CPHIT, CPEHR||Quality Improvement Advisor||Nebraska||Tammy.McNeil@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Nikki Medalen||MS, RN, APHN-BC||Quality Improvement Specialist||North Dakotafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Katy Burket||RN||Program Manager||South Dakotaemail@example.com|
|Stephan Schroeder||MD||Immunization Task Practitioner||South Dakota||Stephan.Schroeder@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Amanda Bridges||MBA||Quality Improvement Project Manager||Kansas||Amanda.Bridges@area-a.hcqis.org|
|Megan Skaggs||MLM||Quality Improvement Project Manager||Kansas||Megan.Skaggs@area-a.hcqis.org|
Learning and Action Network
We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.