Starting Jan. 1, 2013, acute care hospitals participating in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality reporting program will be required to submit summary data on influenza vaccination of their health care workers (HWCs).
The reporting requirement was included in the CMS Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for the 2013 fiscal year (FY), issued by CMS in August, and applies to hospitals taking part in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. Although hospitals are required to submit data starting in January, CMS will not use the HCW influenza vaccination measure to determine payments until FY 2015. The HCW vaccination module, report form, and related reporting instructions are available online: www.cdc.gov/nhsn/hps_Vacc.html.
Vaccinating HCWs is a key measure in the prevention of health care-associated influenza; IDSA supports (PDF) the use of mandatory influenza vaccination policies to protect patients and HCWs.
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