Home Health

Ensure patients are up to date on vaccines for influenza, pneumonia

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the height of flu season, it is important to ensure patients in home health and hospice care are up to date on their influenza and pneumonia vaccines.

A post on a Celerian Group Company (CGS)’s website reminds providers:

  • Home health agencies can provide the influenza virus vaccine and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination (PPV) and they are billed on a 341 type of bill (home health outpatient Part B benefit).
  • Hospice agencies can provide the influenza virus and pneumococcal vaccinations to beneficiaries who request them, including those who have elected the hospice benefit. Vaccinations provided by a hospice agency may be billed on an institutional claim to the Medicare contractor; however, since these services are not part of the Medicare hospice benefit, they must be billed on a separate claim and must only include charges for the vaccine and their administration, CGS states.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2XM0tdE.