The kids are back in school, and it won’t be long before grades are a hot topic. Making the grade will also be a hot topic with acute care hospitals when flu vaccination ratings are submitted at the close of the 2014-2015 flu season. All accredited, acute care hospitals must score a 70% or higher in flu vaccinations for healthcare staff, licensed independent practitioners, students, trainees, volunteers and other contract personnel or risk losing 2% of their Medicare/Medicaid (CMS) payment next fiscal year.
The good news is 81% of participating Reptrax facilities have already reached a 70% goal or higher on their Seasonal Flu Snapshot Report – a number that is up 17% over last flu season! Check out our list of acute care facilities that reached the required goal last flu season to see if your facility “made the grade.”

The CDC states compliance rates are higher when immunizations are required, and the Reptrax vendor credentialing system makes it easy for you to require the flu vaccination of healthcare industry reps, professional visitors, contract personnel and volunteers. In addition, with the launch of IntelliCentrics SEC3URE, our new all-in-one credentialing and privileging service, you will be able to apply your flu policies consistently and universally across all staff and others in your facility. Both Reptrax and SEC3URE can help you meet your facility’s flu goals by motivating and managing every person your facility needs to monitor.
Healthcare personnel are considered a high priority for expanding influenza vaccinations for a couple of reasons. First, and foremost, achieving and sustaining a high rate of influenza vaccination coverage among hospital personnel is intended to help protect staff, visitors and patients in hospital settings from the health risks associated with the flu. Second, raising immunity would reduce the incidences of the disease which would, in turn, relieve hospitals of the burden of being understaffed. Flu outbreaks have been known to spread quickly, reducing available staff with little notice.
CMS now requires accredited, acute care hospitals to report healthcare personnel influenza vaccination rates through CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network system using the NQF measure as part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program. Data from the IQR program will be made publicly available on the http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare website. All healthcare personnel who cross the threshold of the facility at least once between Oct. 1, 2014 and Mar. 31, 2015 must be included in the data regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. As of this 2014-2015 flu season, acute care hospitals that fail to report these quality measures, and those who do not meet the 70% goal, will be subject to a 2% payment reduction in the annual payment update from CMS.
In addition, beginning this flu season, CMS is requiring outpatient departments to report their flu vaccination summary data. With the intricate, and far-reaching, ownership and association ties of both large health systems and ACOs today, it can be a complicated task to educate, motivate and monitor all those who enter satellite structures. Outpatient, ambulatory care settings, clinics and physician offices can all take advantage of both IntelliCentrics SEC3URE and the Reptrax Seasonal Flu Report to help meet the required goals for flu and other initiatives.
If you find your facility has not accomplished the required goal so far, give us a call. We can help you get there!


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