Quality Improvement for the Practice

The American Academy of Pediatrics seeks to provide pediatricians with best immunization practices and quality improvement strategies to address immunization challenges. The projects featured below are intended to serve as a resource to pediatric health care professionals as they work to increase immunization coverage in their communities. Interested in having your initiative highlighted by the AAP? E-mail a project abstract to: cispimmunize@aap.org.

 

Improve your practice's immunization rates and earn Part IV Maintenance of Certification Credit with the Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practices Immunization course. Watch the video below to learn more.


 

 

Best Practices Submitted by Pediatric Offices (PDF 31KB)

Thank you to those who submitted your office's best practices! We have compiled your submissions in order to share quality improvement and best immunizations practices with pediatricians.

 

NVAC Standards of Excellence

This series offers practical guidance in support of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Standards for Child and Adolescent Immunization Practices.

 

Adolescent Immunization: Strategies for Increasing Coverage Rates (49KB)

Immunization coverage rates for adoelscents are much lower than they are for younger children. To help your practice increase immunization coverage in adolescents, consider implementing the strategies in this resource.

 

Improving the Quality of Vaccine Records in a Computerized Registry (PDF 85KB)
Describes a partnership between the Indian Health Service and Medical Decision Associates to improve the quality and completeness of immunization registry records entered, increase use of the registry among providers, and link several state registries.

 

AFIX Reveals Opportunities for Improvement (PDF 85KB)
This program by the Oregon Department of Human Services offers immunization programs methods for instituting a comprehensive internal quality improvement process.

 

The Value of Assessment and Feedback in Health Plans (PDF 74KB)
A partnership between the Oregon Department of Human Services and health plans using Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) rates and Clinical Assessment Software Application (CASA) demonstrates how health plan managers can use AFIX to improve their plans' quality service goals.

 

Pennsylvania Immunization Education Program (PDF 121KB)
A partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, PA Academy of Family Physicians, PA Osteopathic Medical Association, and PA and Philadelphia Vaccines for Children programs uses an in-office, interactive training tool to help practices with low immunization rates or trouble issues, such as vaccine storage/handling.

 

New York City Immunization Improvement Spread Project (PDF 76KB)
An initiative by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Bureau of Immunization assists primary care practices in ensuring that all appropriate vaccinations are administered and reported to the citywide registry.

 

Partners in Health Systems (PDF 422KB)
A satisfaction survey by Partners In Health Systems of HealthyShot participants provides quality assurance to registry agencies by evaluating perceptions of providers.

 

Quality Improvement Organizations and Standing Order Immunization Programs (PDF 188KB)
A partnership with CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and 3,861 long-term care facilities evaluates the use of Standing Order Programs for influenza and pneumococcal vaccines in long-term care facilities.

 

Teaching Immunization Delivery and Education (TIDE) (PDF 180KB)
A project of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and Society for Adolescent Medicine that is supported by the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases improves provider knowledge, attitude, and skills to change provider behaviors and increase immunization coverage rates in the practice.

 

Vaccines for Children (VFC) Quality Assurance Data (PDF 82KB)
A study of the California VFC program to identify areas in need of improvement in office immunization practices and to analyze the number of practices that implement recommended changes.

 

Last Updated: 12/18/2013

 






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