Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Improving Immunization Rates
Influenza and pneumonia are vaccine-preventable diseases, yet these two diseases combined were the eighth leading cause of death in the United States in 2012, and 90 percent of the influenza deaths occurred in adults 65 and older. Nearly one in three people in the United States will develop shingles (herpes zoster) in their lifetime and there are an estimated 1 million cases each year. The risk of shingles increases as a person ages.
Healthy People 2020, a national initiative bringing together many individuals and agencies to improve the health of all Americans, has set goals to increase all immunization rates but specifically targets vaccinating 1 million previously unimmunized Medicare patients against pneumonia.
To address these issues, HealthInsight is working with office-based practitioners, home health agencies and hospitals in our region to improve influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations among Medicare patients and those with both Medicare and Medicaid insurance.
Why should your organization join the Improving Immunization Rates initiative? Providers who participate with the HealthInsight QIN-QIO will benefit from the following:
- Opportunities to participate in learning and action network activities
- Educational materials to support minority and disparate populations
- Support in developing reminder systems to optimize vaccine rates
- Technical assistance to meet Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use reporting criteria as well as quality criteria of other third-party payors
- Support in using state registries and reporting systems
- Sharing of best practices for vaccine assessments, awareness, education and recommendations
Home Health Agencies
- Technical assistance to meet immunization-related process measures included in the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings
- Assistance in adopting Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) to increase immunization rates for patients and training on the use of Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Initiative resources
- Assistance in reporting immunization status and immunizations administered to the state immunization registry
- Access to health literacy and educational tools to provide patient education, including materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for racial and ethnic beneficiaries
- Support coordination with state immunization registries to meet the immunization public health objective under Meaningful Use Stage 2
- Technical assistance to help with EHR optimization and ensure timely and appropriate data documentation to support quality reporting and data integration
Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team for more information or to participate: