CMS Unveils Flu Vaccination Standard

On April 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed regulation  pertaining to the Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation requiring hospitals (acute inpatient, critical access, long-term care, psychiatric, rehabilitation, children’s and cancer) to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding annual influenza and pandemic influenza vaccination.

The new policies and procedures require hospitals to ensure that all patients are offered the influenza vaccine as soon as the vaccine is available, on or after September 1 through the end of February 2012, except when medically contraindicated. The proposed standard also requires hospitals to educate patients on the benefits and risks associated with vaccination.

05-09-2011 11:44 (EDT)