You are here

Immunizations

Learn what to do about the flu and why people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu.


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 elizabeth.massiah@alliantquality.org .

 

Complete the participation agreement to join our efforts in Georgia!

Immunization One-pager

Standards for Adult Immunizations Practice Poster - Download Available

 

Resources

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

CDC Adult Immunization Quiz

Storage and Handling: CDC Resources

Pocket Guides for Zoster and Pneumococcal

National Council on Aging - Flu Resources

National Council on Aging Immunization Resources

Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

Presentations

End of Year in Review Presentation Recording

Kick-Off Call: Improving Immunization Rates in Medicare Beneficiares in Georgia - March 2016

Adult Immunizations: Using GRITS for Improved Assessment - November 2015

Overcoming Barriers to Increase Immunizations

"You Call the Shots" Module: General Recommendations for Immunization Administration

"Give 'em Your Best Shot" Immunization Schedule for Seniors Simplified - July 2015 ) Recording

Grits Tips and Resources - Recording

Grits with Cheese: Using GRITS to identify patients who need immunizations

Social Media 101 for Healthcare

Answering the Immunization Questions in OASIS: A Review

 

Upcoming Events

2017 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit

 

Immunization Schedules (Printable)

Adult Immunizations Based on Vaccine and Age Group

Adult Immunizations Based on Medical and Other Conditions

Contraindications and Precautions to Adult Immunizations

Home Health Quality Improvement Best Practices Intervention Packages (including immunizations)

 

Billing Resources

Cracking the Code Training for Influenza

 

Professional Organizations

American College of Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Geriatrics Society

Georgia Immunization Coalition

Georgia Pharmacy Association

Medical Association of Georgia

 

Legislation

Influenza Education Required in Assisted Living and Personal Care Homes

Protocol Agreement

 

Video:

Move the Needle Video: Increase Immunization Rates

 

For more information, contact:

Libby Massiah, MPA - Immunization Task Lead

Office: 678-892-3837

Email: Elizabeth.Massiah@alliantquality.org

 

Sitemap Designed by Armedia Get Adobe Reader