IDSA News - September 2012  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Patient Care and Science
•  Hospitals Required to Report HCW Influenza Vaccination Data in 2013
•  C. difficile Updates, Related Sessions at IDWeek
•  Drug Approvals, Recalls, Adverse Events Update
Clinical Practice Management
•  CMS to Include Maintenance of Certification in Incentive Program
Global ID
•  Thai HIV Vaccine Trial Yields More News
•  The Role of HIV-Related Stigma in Maternal Care in Kenya
•  HIV’s Impact on Men Who Have Sex with Men
Policy and Advocacy
•  IDSA Issues Updated Influenza Principles for U.S. Action
•  IDSA, HIVMA Urge Congress to Protect Public Health Funding
•  IDSA Offers Recommendations for Antibiotic Clinical Trial Designs
•  Action Needed to Address Resistance, Spur R&D, Expand Immunizations
Your Colleagues
•  Check Out “My IDSA” for Latest Member News
Top Stories
•  From the President: Volunteers Are Critical to IDSA’s Work
•  Updated Guideline on Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis Now Online
•  EIN Update: West Nile Cases Underscore Lack of Treatment Data
•  IDSA Journal Club


Hospitals Required to Report HCW Influenza Vaccination Data in 2013

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:

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.