Tag: vaccine

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 […]