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MIPS Measures & Activities for Upcoming Flu Season

Wednesday, November 04 2020

In the United States, the annual influenza season typically starts in the fall and lasts through the winter and early spring. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the period between early September and late October as the most effective time to get a flu vaccine. The flu is a serious health risk every year, with an average of 8% of the population infected annually. This year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may underscore the importance of vaccination and other influenza prevention measures, as both viruses will be circulating at the same time.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has resulted in declines in outpatient visits leading to lower than usual vaccination rates. Clinicians should communicate about the benefits of the flu vaccine with their patients of all ages to ensure that they are getting vaccinated against influenza when appropriate.

Consider reporting on the MIPS measure below to boost your MIPS score and help your patients stay healthy this season.

  • Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization (Quality ID: 110) – Percentage of patients aged 6 months and older seen for a visit between October 1 and March 31 who received an influenza immunization OR who reported previous receipt of an influenza immunization.

Keep in mind that immunizations that are administered in August and September 2020 can be documented for MIPS when the patient visits the office during flu season (October 1, 2020-March 31, 2021). Additionally, when a patient declines the influenza vaccine, the reason why must be documented to receive full credit for the measure. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare your patients for the upcoming flu season.

If you have any questions about MIPS performance, contact the QPP Indiana Help Desk.


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