Inpatients age 6 months and older discharged during October, November, December, January, February or March who are screened for influenza vaccine status and vaccinated prior to discharge if indicated.
ACP supports NQF measure #1659: “Influenza Immunization.” This measure aligns with the clinical recommendations on influenza vaccination from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Advisory Committee. While we support this measure we suggest developers consider revising the specifications to include exclusion criteria for patient, medical, and system reasons for vaccination not given. Additionally, we note that the measure is nearly topped out with a narrow opportunity for improvement. Developers should include updated performance data in the NQF submission materials for re-endorsement. Lastly, we note that electronic health record (EHR) information blocking could prevent the transmission of immunization information between competing electronic systems.