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R3 Report Issue 3: Influenza Vaccination

Influenza vaccination for licensed independent practitioners and staff.

This R3 Report has been retired. The element of performance (EP), EP 5, addressed by this R3 Report will be eliminated Jan. 1, 2021. This EP set incremental influenza vaccination goals to try and achieve the 90% rate set by national initiatives. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published its “Healthy People 2030” goals, which removed the 90% influenza vaccination rate goal. 

The deletion of IC.02.04.01, EP 5 will go into effect for the following programs on Jan. 1, 2021:

  • Hospital
  • Critical Access Hospital
  • Ambulatory Health Care
  • Behavioral Health Care and Human Services
  • Home Care
  • Laboratory
  • Nursing Care Centers
  • Office-Based Surgery

Organizations should continue to strive to increase compliance with influenza vaccinations and take action to improve vaccination rates. Moving forward, The Joint Commission will not score noncompliance if the organization has not reached 90%, but instead will review that organizations have a goal to improve influenza vaccination rates and have leadership support and processes in place to support achievement of these goals.

Please note that Standard IC.02.04.01 will not be eliminated — only EP 5 under that standard.