CDC/CDPH Pilot Project
Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Reporting
Why is this project being done?
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to test a national quality measure for reporting influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel (HCP). Influenza vaccination of HCP is associated with lower rates of patient illness and death from influenza, and fewer sick days among HCP. This measure will collect influenza vaccination numbers and rates among healthcare personnel who work in a variety of healthcare settings. In addition to California, three other sites are participating in this project: New Mexico, New York City, and Western Pennsylvania.
The National Quality Forum (NQF), a non-profit organization dedicated to healthcare quality improvement, has recently issued a time-limited endorsement to this standardized quality measure. This measure is designed to ensure healthcare-reported influenza vaccination is comprehensive within a single facility and comparable across facilities, both in California and nationally. Quality measure that receive full NQF endorsement may be used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or other organizations.
In California, all general acute care hospitals are required to report HCP influenza data to CDPH. In the future, reporting of these data may be required for all healthcare institutions nationwide using the NQF measure. The use of an electronic system may also facilitate mandatory reporting of HCP influenza vaccination reporting by hospitals in California.
What is the purpose?
This project is designed to:
Determine the feasibility of implementing the NQF measure for HCP influenza vaccination coverage in various healthcare institutions and settings
Identify barriers to implementing the NQF measure, and ways to improve reporting in the future
Who is participating in this project?
CDPH has recruited acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, ambulatory surgery centers, and physician practices for participation in this project. In total, 167 eligible sites throughout California have agreed to participate. A breakdown of facilities by type is listed below:
Acute care hospitals 40
Long-term care facilities 52
Dialysis centers 37
Ambulatory surgery centers 21
Physician practices 17
Please note that registration for this project closed on November 17, 2010.
What are the reporting requirements?
During the 2010-2011 influenza season, participating institutions will be asked to electronically submit three reports to the CDC that include rates of influenza vaccination among HCP, a description of their facility and vaccination program, and data sources and challenges to reporting data.
How will the results be made public?
Data obtained from this pilot will be published by the CDC and CDPH in aggregate form. Participation is voluntary, and participating state/local jurisdictions and healthcare institutions will not be individually identified in any reports or publications issued by the CDC.
For additional information about this project:
CDPH-CDC Pilot Recruiting Letter
CDC Recruitment Letter
CDC Pilot Project Additional Information
Influenza Vaccination Reporting Form
Webinar I: HCP Influenza Vaccination Reporting
Webinar II: HCP Influenza Vaccination Reporting
Erica Boston -- Project Coordinator
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH -- Co-investigator
Soo-Jeong Lee, RN, PHD -- Co-investigator
Ron Nelson -- Research Assistant
Jon Rosenberg, MD, MPH -- Co-investigator
For more information about this project, e-mail CDPHHAIprogram@cdph.ca.gov