BIO Comments on Proposed Rule Establishing an Influenza Vaccination Standard for Certain Medicare and Medicaid Providers and Suppliers

BIO agrees with CMS that the proposed influenza vaccination standard will help increase vaccination coverage among patients, thereby reducing influenza morbidity and mortality. We also recommend that CMS include pneumonia vaccination and pertussis vaccination in its standard. Lastly, BIO suggests that participating providers and suppliers apply various cultural competency techniques to ensure patients fully understand the risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the benefits of vaccination.