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
CDC “You Call the Shots” – Vaccine Web Based Training Course
YouTube Video – Medicare and You: Immunizations
Additional Immunization Resources
American College of Physicians Immunizations Portal
American Hospital Association – United Against the Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Vaccines
Healthy People 2020 – Immunization and Infectious Diseases
Immunization Action Coalition
National Institute for Infectious Diseases
Coding & Billing
4 Pillars Immunization Toolkit (trademarked)
CDC Influenza Toolkit for LTC Providers
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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.