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1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and patient safety policy for the American Hospital Association, says the data will be publicly reported as a batch for all hospitals, but that hospitals will report separately for employees who receive a direct paycheck, licensed independent practitioners including physicians and osteopaths, advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants who do not receive a direct paycheck, and students, trainees and volunteers.

She said the requirement is part of a pay-for-reporting condition in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

The batch immunization rates will be posted on Hospital Compare in July.

Asked what types of incentives hospitals might employ to provoke their workers to get vaccinated, Foster says that some hospitals have used Starbucks cards, competition among staff, and other methods.

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2 comments on "1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise"


Ellen (10/31/2012 at 7:45 PM)
While I respect the value of the "patient's safety" where does the HCP stand as far as us being protected from patients? Will it be mandatory for all pts coming into the hospital have flu shots? I have never refused to take care of a patient for any health issue/disease they might present with but to me it just seems like the big concern is for the pt and no interest in what the nurse might contact from pt. I have been a nurse for 33 yrs, never had a flu shot and never had the flu. I have worked in my present position for over 9 yrs and have only missed one day of work due to illness.

Man (10/18/2012 at 9:54 AM)
Where can I Find the data on how this has lowered the disease or illness by everyone getting the flu shot?