Employee influenza vaccination challenge issued

Posted on: 9/7/16

During the 2015-2016 flu season, OHA member hospitals were challenged by the OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety to achieve a 96 percent or greater employee influenza vaccination rate. While 103 hospitals participated, 49 hospitals met the goal of 96 percent or greater. The overall rate for the participating hospitals was 93 percent. This is the second year in a row that the rate for the hospitals reporting to this challenge was 93 percent.

After discussion, for the 2016-2017 flu season, the OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety again want to challenge Oklahoma hospitals to strive for the goal of 96 percent. Those that achieve this will receive an individualized press release for their community, a certificate to display and recognition in HOTLINE.

The OHA board of directors created a position statement in 2011 supporting mandatory employee influenza vaccinations as a condition of employment. Several Oklahoma hospitals have adopted this policy with little resistance from employees. The key is communication and education. OHA has developed a toolkit to help with implementation.

As you know, hospitals are required to report the employee influenza vaccination rate measure as a required measure in the CMS hospital quality reporting program. It is publicly reported on Hospital Compare and affects a hospital’s APU. This measure is also eligible to become a part of the value based purchasing program. Therefore, it is in a hospital’s best interest to implement policies that will assure a high employee vaccination rate.

The ultimate purpose for hospital employee vaccinations for any disease is the protection of both the patient and the employee. Please consider this important issue and join the already participating OHA member hospitals in protecting our patients.  (LaWanna Halstead)

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