Freeport, Maine – Six pediatric practices participating in the statewide First STEPS (Strengthening Together Early Preventive Screening) Learning Collaborative received the inaugural GOLD award in September for their outstanding performance in increasing childhood and adolescent immunization rates from September 2011 to July 2012.
Those practices were Bridgton Pediatrics, Eastern Maine Medical Center Husson Pediatrics, Kennebec Pediatrics, Penobscot Pediatrics, PenBay Pediatrics and Waterville Pediatrics.
Five practices also were recognized for the most improved immunization rates: Barbara Bush Pediatric Clinic/MMC Med-Peds Clinic, Waterville Pediatrics, Maine Medical Partners Falmouth Pediatrics, Winthrop Pediatrics, and Maine Coast Pediatrics.
In an effort to improve preventive services for Maine’s children, Maine Quality Counts is leading a three-year pilot with 24 family and pediatric practices in Maine as part of the Improving Health Outcomes for Children Project. IHOC is a collaborative effort in Maine and Vermont supported by a federal CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant, awarded to MaineCare Services. As immunizations are one of the cornerstones of children’s health, the practices in First STEPS focused on improving their childhood immunization rates for the first part of the project.
“The work that goes into achieving improvements in childhood immunization rates month-after-month is challenging. Each practice should be very proud of its accomplishment,” said Amy Belisle, director of Child Health Quality Improvement and the First STEPS Program at Maine Quality Counts. “Even more exciting is that the practices continue to work on improving their immunization rates, and I expect that we will see this kind of improvement spread ultimately throughout all 24 practices and beyond.”
Maine Quality Counts, a statewide coalition, is transforming health and health care in Maine by leading, collaborating and aligning improvement efforts. Through the active engagement and alignment of people, communities and health care partners, every person in Maine will enjoy the best of health and have access to patient-centered care that is uniformly high quality, equitable and efficient.