The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is no longer requiring outpatient dialysis facilities to submit healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data through NHSN, beginning with the 2018-2019 influenza season. 

Please note that while the CMS quality reporting program does not mandate submission of HCP influenza vaccination summary data, reporting these data may be required for some facilities based on state mandates. CDC is aware that Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia specifically require dialysis facilities to report these data through NHSN. Also, Philadelphia requires hospitals and dialysis facilities to “authorize the Department to have access to all individual and facility-specific health care-associated infection (HAI) data reported to NHSN.” 

Facilities are encouraged to contact their State HAI Coordinators to confirm the reporting requirements of their state. For your reference, here is a list of State HAI Coordinators from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/state-based/index.html. Please click on your state and scroll down to find the contact information.   

Facilities that are not required to report HCP influenza vaccination summary data by their state are still encouraged to voluntarily report these data through NHSN.