CMS Special Article Provides Influenza Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a Medicare Learning Network Matters special edition article on influenza.

The article, "2014-2015 Influenza (Flu) Resources for Health Care Professionals," is now available in downloadable format.

This article is designed to provide education on resources and quick tips that healthcare professionals can use to help prevent the spread of the flu.

It includes a list of educational resources designed to help healthcare professionals understand Medicare guidelines for seasonal flu vaccines and their administration.

In the article, CMS advises healthcare professionals to do the following:
  • Keep this Special Edition MLN Matters article and refer to it throughout the 2014-2015 flu season.
  • Take advantage of each office visit as an opportunity to encourage your patients to protect themselves from the flu and serious complications by getting a flu shot.
  • Continue to provide the flu shot as long as you have vaccine available, even after the new year.
  • Remember to immunize yourself and your staff.
To download the special edition article on influenza, click here (pdf).

To learn more about how to prevent influenza and other viruses from spreading, contact infection prevention expert Phenelle Segal of Infection Control Consulting Services.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.