With only three weeks left in the 2014-2015 flu season, we are happy to announce that 89% of our participating facilities have achieved a 70% or higher rate of influenza vaccinations for professional visitors who check in through our vendor credentialing system. That means over two thousand hospitals, surgery centers, and physician offices have used the IntelliCentrics system to not only improve patient safety and reduce absenteeism, but also to minimize the risk of losing a portion of their Medicare/Medicaid payment next fiscal year.The 2014-2015 flu season is the first milestone for healthcare facilities required to reach the 70% to meet CMS Quality Reporting goals. All healthcare personnel including clinical staff, licensed independent practitioners, students, trainees, volunteers and other contract 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.
IntelliCentrics has been managing flu and other infection control requirements for years. In fact, this year we processed over 92,500 flu documents for commercial visitors, volunteers, students and contract personnel through our credentialing system. We also know performance measures are more than just keeping records; they are about showing improvements year over year. Remember, only those who receive the flu vaccine count towards your 70% goal. With the vendor credentialing system developed by IntelliCentrics in place, our facilities have the tools necessary for effective communication and education to increase awareness and move everyone towards participation.
Bonuses and penalties are one way healthcare law is creating financial incentives for hospitals to improve care. The Hospital Quality Reporting Program tracks performance measurements for both inpatient and outpatient facilities such as clinical processes, mortality rates, readmission measures, patient satisfaction and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). CMS now requires accredited, acute care hospitals and their ambulatory satellite facilities such as surgery centers and clinics 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.
The CDC states compliance rates are higher when immunizations are required, and our vendor credentialing system makes it easy for you to require the flu vaccination of healthcare industry reps and other professional visitors. 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. Let us help you meet your facility’s flu goals by motivating and managing every person your facility needs to monitor.
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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