Influenza vaccination for licensed independent practitioners and staff

Source: Joint Commission, R3 Report, Issue 3, May 30, 2012

From the press release:
The Joint Commission today released an R3 Report, a complimentary publication that provides detailed information about a July 1, 2012, requirement that all Joint Commission accredited health care organizations establish an annual influenza vaccination program for licensed independent practitioners and staff. Although vaccination is the single most effective method for preventing influenza deaths and illnesses, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources reports that vaccination rates for health care professionals remains below 60 percent…. The R3 Report provides information on the elements of performance for the vaccination standard that goes into effect July 1, 2012, as well as specifics about three of the elements of performance that will be phased in by July 1, 2013 for certain types of organizations. In addition, the R3 Report provides the rationale for the standard, reference information, results of feedback from the field, and outstanding issues related to performance measures for vaccination rates.

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