Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Georgia and North Carolina has been working on a project, for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to improve adult immunization rates in Georgia.
Under the initiative, “Improve Medicare Beneficiary Immunization Rates Through Improved Tracking, Documentation, and Reporting with a Special Focus on Reducing Immunization Health Care Disparities”, we are working with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, home health agencies, professional associations and others to move Georgia to the Healthy People 2020 goal for adult immunizations, decrease disparities in race and rural populations and improve use of electronic health record.
Alliant Quality provides opportunities in Georgia for education and networking. Through the Learning and Action Networks, participants will receive education on best practices, share successes and lessons learned. This offers providers a great way to develop their processes and systems for immunization excellence at no charge and while working on other initiatives.
Pneumonia and influenza, both vaccine preventable diseases, greatly impact adults age 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the influenza immunization rate for adults in Georgia over age 65 in 2013 was 54.6 percent compared to the national average of 62.6 percent. Those numbers are much lower in more rural areas.
You are invited to join Alliant Quality and over 350 health providers and organizations, representing over 130,000 of Georgia’s Medicare beneficiaries in improving the assessment, documentation, and vaccination rates. Recruitment for the initiative has ended, but you can still participate, simply request to be placed on our email list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org .
Standards for Adult Immunizations Practice Poster - Download Available
GRITS - Georgia law requires immunizers to put all immunizations in the Georgia Registry of Immunizations Transactions and Services (GRITS). Best practice for all providers is to use the system for assessment, documentation, verification and communication. It's fast and it's easy. This is a free resource.
Flu Activity in Georgia - Georgia Department of Public Health
Presentation"Give 'em Your Best Shot" Immunization Schedule for Seniors Simplified - July 2015 ) Recording
Immunization Schedules (Printable)
Home Health Quality Improvement Best Practices Intervention Packages (including immunizations)
For more information, contact:
Libby Massiah, MPA - Immunization Task Lead