The Adult Immunization Status (AIS) measure captures the percentage of MetroPlusHealth members 19 years of age and older who are up to date on recommended routine vaccines for influenza, tetanus and diphtheria (Td) or tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap), zoster and pneumococcal.
The AIS measure uses a newer method of reporting—the HEDIS Electronic Clinical Data Systems (ECDS) method—which uses electronic clinical databases such as electronic health records, health information exchanges, administrative claims systems, electronic pharmacy systems, immunization information systems and disease, and case management registries for reporting. Vaccination providers in New York City should ensure reporting of vaccinations/immunizations to the City Immunization Registry (CIR) to support consolidation of adult patients’ vaccination records. This helps providers access patients’ immunization records and improve the ability to routinely and accurately assess patients’ vaccination status. Be sure to obtain consent from the patient to report in the CIR. Maintain documentation in your EHR of vaccine status and patient consent. Strategies for Improvement
Make a strong vaccine recommendation to patients to get vaccinated
Explain why vaccines are right for the patient based on age, health status, lifestyle, occupation, or other risk factors
Explain why vaccines are important and beneficial to the patient’s health
Explain that the vaccine protects the patients and loved ones from not just the flu, but flu related complications – Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus/ear infections, hospitalizations, and sometimes death
Explain the impacts of not getting vaccinations – serious health effects, cost of missing work or obligations, financial costs due to medical care needed
Address all patient questions regarding vaccine, side effects, effectiveness, and safety – Be sure to use plain and understandable language
Adopt the electronic health records and electronic patient portals (EPP) as this would offer opportunities for improving adult vaccination rates
More importantly, get consent from all adult members during vaccination, report and document all immunization in the City Immunization Registry (CIR).