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.

Get Involved

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

Kansas Immunization Program
Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS)
North Dakota Immunization Information System
South Dakota Immunization Program

ILINET State Influenza Like Illness Map

ILINet State Activity Indicator Map

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Activity Level Indicator Determined by Data Reported to ILINet

Immunization Schedules.

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Initiative Documents
National Immunization Awareness Month Promotional ToolkitToolNational Immunization Awareness Month ToolkitOffice of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Immunization Newsletter ArticleArticleNewsletter 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.
ToolRecommended Adult Immunization Schedule - Pocket SizedCDC
Immunization Toolkit - Resources for PharmacistsToolkitImmunization Toolkit: PharmacistsGPQIN
Immunizations Toolkit with Nebraska Specific information.ToolkitGreat Plains QIN Nebraska immunization ToolkitGPQIN
Healthcare personnel in LTC settings have the lowest reported flu vaccination rates. Learn ways to increase staff awareness.ToolLong-Term Care Staff Immunization StrategiesGPQIN
Annually, thousands of Americans are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Learn ways to increase awareness.ToolImmunization StrategiesGPQIN
This fact sheet provides information regarding adult immunization rates, goals and working together to improve health of older adults. ToolImproving Adult Immunization Rates Fact SheetGPQIN
Vaccine Scripting Assistance for ClinicsToolScript Guidance for Vaccine Hesitant PatientsGPQIN
Fight the Flu PosterToolFight the Flu PosterGPQIN
Poster - Protect Those You LoveToolProtect Those You Love PosterGPQIN
Identify how the Immunization task can assist you in the Quality Payment ProgramResourceHow Immunizations Align with the Quality Payment ProgramGPQIN
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Health Board, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Community Healthcare Association of the[...]
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback During this WebEx, certified content expert, Andrew J. Gess, Director, Public Sector & CDC Sales with Pfizer Vaccines, discussed the importance of immunizations and how they fit within the Patient Centered Medical[...]
Mar 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout Value-based purchasing programs and their impact on home health agencies will be reviewed. Other topics will include interpreting CASPER data, the importance of accurate documentation of immunizations and steps to[...]
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation handout   Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS) Join this event to learn more about the NESIIS system, which will include a short demo of functionality and identify the statutory authority,[...]
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  Start WebEx Playback Handout – Communicating with the Vaccine Hesitant Client Many healthcare providers and communities are dealing with groups and growing numbers of individuals who are delaying or refusing recommended vaccinations. This has[...]
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Start WebEx Playback Vaccinations in North Dakota Nursing Homes Handout The North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS) is a confidential, population-based, computerized information system that attempts to collect vaccination data for all North Dakotans. Registered[...]
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Webinar
Start WebEx Playback Join us in a highly interactive virtual learning event. Participants will hear from Barbara Lewis, an experienced passionate speaker on exceeding patient and family member expectations, and Managing Editor of DocCom. She[...]
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout Start WebEx Playback Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can improve population health outcomes by efficiently collecting data in a form that can be shared across multiple healthcare organizations and leveraged for quality improvement and[...]
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes an adult immunization schedule that outlines recommended routine immunizations for adults in the United States. Despite these recommendations, immunization coverage rates for[...]
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am WebEx
  Start WebEx Playback   Vaccination Quality Measures Handouts Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule -2016 LTCF Annual Influenza Checklist Vaccination Quality Measure Checklist Vaccination Log Vaccination Quality Measure Checklist – Fillable Form Overview Some quality measures[...]
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   The ability to develop, test and implement change is essential for any individual, group or organization that wants to improve.  One way to implement change is to utilize the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA)[...]
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am WebEx
Start WebEx Playback   Presentation handout Overview Vaccination rates for children have steadily risen well over 90 percent the past few years, but the rates for older adults getting flu, pneumonia, tetanus or shingles shots[...]
Immunization Contacts
Tammy McNeilRHIA, CPHIT, CPEHRQuality Improvement AdvisorNebraskaTammy.McNeil@area-a.hcqis.org
Nikki MedalenMS, RN, APHN-BCQuality Improvement SpecialistNorth Dakotanicole.medalen@area-a.hcqis.org
Katy BurketRNProgram ManagerSouth Dakotakaty.burket@area-a.hcqis.org
Stephan Schroeder MDImmunization Task PractitionerSouth DakotaStephan.Schroeder@area-a.hcqis.org
Amanda BridgesMBAQuality Improvement Project ManagerKansasAmanda.Bridges@area-a.hcqis.org
Megan SkaggsMLMQuality Improvement Project ManagerKansasMegan.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.

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