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States Factor in COVID-19’s Impact on Immunizations and VBP Incentives

This commentary provides an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently issued relief guidance and flexibility to state hospitals, facilities, and providers on reporting various measures including immunization rates as part of their participation in value-based purchasing (VBP) and quality reporting programs.

COVID-19 has greatly reduced the number of children and families making in-person, well-child office visits to receive their immunizations, threatening the progress that VBP has made in rewarding increased quality care, including boosting childhood immunization rates.