What's New

Nominations for the AIRA Board of Directors are now open!

AIRA’s board of directors provides national leadership for current and future immunization information system (IIS) activities. Serving on the board is a 4-5 hour/month commitment and an amazing opportunity to promote IIS. Nominations are due Sunday, August 19.

Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow IIS colleague 

Who is eligible to run?

  • AIRA board members must be current AIRA members with a passion for AIRA’s vision and mission. A full list of duties, responsibilities, and eligibility criteria for AIRA officers and directors is available here.

What positions are open?

  • President-Elect: The president-elect assists the president and assumes the responsibilities of the AIRA president during the absence of the president. The president-elect also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and Nominating Committee. This is currently a three-year term (one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president).
  • Treasurer: The treasurer oversees AIRA’s fiscal activities and chairs the Audit Committee. This is a two-year term.
  • Three (3) Voting Directors: Represent IIS for a two-year term.
  • One (1) Non-Voting Director: Represents the IIS vendor and business community. This is a two-year term.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Mandy Harris, AIRA President-Elect and Nominating Committee Chair.

 

Open for Comment: CMS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

CMS has released a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), titled Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program. AIRA will be again consolidating comments from across our community, and we also encourage all jurisdictions to submit comments locally as well.

The proposed rules can be found here.

Comments are due on the proposed rules by 5 PM EST on September 10, 2018. Comments can be submitted here.

AIRA will be gathering comments on this proposed rule according to the following schedule:

• Community comments due to AIRA: August 10 
• Compiled draft comments reviewed on Town Hall and sent out to community: week of August 20
• Edits/additions to compiled draft comments due back to AIRA: August 31
• Final comments sent to IIS community for integration into jurisdictional comments: September 5
• Comments submitted to CMS by September 10, 5 PM EST

Please send all comments on the proposed rule to Brittany Gyer at AIRA.

Additional questions about the process or the proposed rule? Contact Mary Beth Kurilo. Thank you in advance for again rallying to submit comments for another NPRM – we greatly value your input and engagement, as it is critical that we weigh in on these important changes.

 

National Health IT Week is October 8-12, 2018

The Annual National Health IT Week is being held October 8-12, 2018. Join in support of this nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT for the U.S. healthcare system.  There is no better time for the health IT community to come together under one umbrella to raise national awareness! Immunization programs can get involved with National Health IT Week by signing up to be a partner, sharing stories about the value of health IT on social media using the hashtag # #IHEARTHIT, and connecting with the local HIMSS chapter. For more information on National Health IT Week, HIMSS and how to participate, click here.

 

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is coming up in August! The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is releasing new and updated resources to help promote NIAM. The NIAM Communications Toolkit is being updated with the latest information on recommendations and statistics, new social media message, graphics and videos. A Spanish translation of the toolkit is also in the works. This year, the weekly themes for NIAM are: pregnant women (August 5-11), babies and young children (August 12-18), preteen and teens (August 19-25) and adults (August 26-31). Use the hashtag #NIAM18 in your social media posts. To access the NIAM Communications Toolkit, click here.

 

AIRA Letter and Comments on Latest CMS Proposed Rules

The AIRA Letter and Comments on the latest CMS proposed rules on Promoting Interoperability can be found in the AIRA repository. They were shared with the IIS community, and submitted to CMS’s comment website on June 25th, 2018. 

 

Join Us! AIRA National Meeting

This year's meeting theme is: Advancing IIS Together. Attendees will have an opportunity to strengthen long-term partnerships, develop new relationships, gain professional education and training, and learn from one another. View the full meeting program and register today!

On February 28, 2018, speaker acceptance notifications were sent out via email. If you submitted an abstract for the AIRA National Meeting, please check your email.

We hope you will join us!