Tag: vaccine

NAHC hosting COVID-19 town halls to address vaccine hesitancy

With concern about staff refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) will present a series of town hall events, beginning February 17. The weekly webinars will include clinical experts from three care groups to “answer a series of tough questions about vaccine hesitancy among caregivers based on their first-hand […]

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 […]

New Podcast: Quality Measures and Vaccination Programs

Today we talk with Annette Sanders, MSN, RN, CLNC, senior consultant at LW Consulting about new proposed quality measures and about challenges and considerations to think about while running a vaccination program in your facility. Listen below or at: Soundcloud Spotify Apple Podcasts Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Reporting and COVD-19 Vaccination Programs

Reach out to state health departments to determine next steps in COVID-19 vaccination planning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered guidance for states on how to prioritize vaccination, but it is up to local health officials to make final determinations on priorities and timelines for vaccine rollout. Louisiana started Monday vaccinating individuals 70 and older, as well as home health services patients and staff, according […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Latest: Moderna vaccine approved, older adults 75+ next in line for shots

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for persons 18 and older. Meanwhile, a federal advisory committee voted Sunday to put seniors 75 and older among those next in line to get vaccinated. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved Dec. 11, which required specialty freezers, the Moderna […]

EEOC clarifies employers’ rights to require COVID-19 vaccinations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on how employers can navigate federal antidiscrimination laws while requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On December 16, the EEOC added a section on how the COVID-19 vaccination interacts with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the […]

Health officials making final decisions on initial vaccine distribution

As states are fleshing out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, a committee advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is tasked with advising the CDC on coronavirus vaccine distribution, reports CNN, including who should get the vaccine and […]

Get distribution, billing details for COVID-19 vaccine

New CMS guidance released Oct. 28 on a future COVID-19 vaccine offered new details for providers on distribution, billing and payment. An interim final rule establishes that any vaccine that receives Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization will be covered under Medicare as a preventive vaccine at no cost to beneficiaries. The rule also relaxes […]

Medicare patients encouraged to get flu and pneumonia shots

The National Government Services (NGS) supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) announcements that suggest Medicare patients get their flu and pneumonia shots. Medicare patients should remain current with flu, pneumonia and other vaccinations, according to NGS. A high-dose flu vaccine should be given to people who […]

Vaccine payments for hospice adjusted retroactively

Instead of covering preventive vaccines at “reasonable cost,” CMS will now shift payment to 95% of average wholesale price (AWP) for hospices. The decision will be implemented retroactively, starting October 1, 2016. Medicare Administrator Contractors (MAC) will reprocess these claims. The ruling is CR 9876: Implementation of New Influenza Virus Vaccine Code. Part of the […]