The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians invites your practice to apply for the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) program, a QI Initiative designed to improve the rate of pneumococcal and other immunizations for the Medicare population. We are working with the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN) which includes Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) on this important program. The program will utilize an office-based championship model framework based upon ACIP recommendations and NVAC Standards for Adult Immunization Practices.
Through this program KAFP and its collaborative partner, KFMC, will:
- Provide free education, tools, resources and technical assistance to implement best practices related to pneumococcal immunizations and other immunizations for seniors.
- Conduct an environmental scan to gain a baseline rate of practices’ pneumonia immunization rate for seniors.
- Offer participating practices the opportunity to identify an Office Champion on pneumococcal immunizations.
- Encourage strategies for team-based care and systems changes to address barriers and ultimately increase seniors’ pneumococcal immunization rates.
- Provide an easy-to-use data collection tool to regularly update progress.
- Provide access to updates about best practices on immunizations for Medicare patients.
- Connect knowledge, skills and resources to improve immunization practices and coordination.
- Offer opportunities to network and share successes, challenges and barriers with other members and identify opportunities to drive quality improvement with knowledge gained.
- Financial remuneration: Provide stipends for participation in monthly coaching calls, to be paid in June and December 2019, totaling up to $900/practice. Provide a stipend of $4,000 for each practice that completes the program, to be paid at the conclusion by March 2020.
Practices are expected to commit to the following:
- Commit to remain active and sustain efforts for the duration of the program; January 2019 through March 2020.
- Be publically identified as a participant.
- Identify and empower an Office Champion for the program.
- Commit to best practices and guidelines established by ACIP recommendations and NVAC Standards for Adult Immunization Practices.
- Participate in a monthly coaching calls with KFMC.
- Between calls, test and implement changes and collect data to measure the impact of the changes.
- Submit requested EHR data monthly to KFMC (date to be determined) via the data collection tool through the end of the data collection phase in December 2019.
- Participate in occasional educational sessions at mutually agreeable times and dates.
- Share results and best practices with others through various means including panel discussions and presentations as opportunities arise, possibly including AAFP’s 2019 FMX and KAFP’s 2020 Annual Meeting.
This program is funded by a grant from Pfizer and AAFP, who selected KAFP in a competitive grant proposal process, as one of three chapters participating in the grant.