CMS: Vaccination is the Best Protection Against the Flu — Influenza Vaccine Prices Are Now Available
Each office visit is an opportunity to check your patients’ seasonal influenza (flu) and pneumonia immunization status and to start protecting your patients as soon as your 2012-2013 seasonal flu vaccine arrives. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. Seniors also have an increased risk of getting pneumonia, a complication of the flu. Remind your patients that seasonal flu vaccinations and a pneumococcal vaccination are recommended for optimal protection. Medicare provides coverage for one seasonal influenza virus vaccine per influenza season for all Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare generally provides coverage of pneumococcal vaccination and its administration once in a lifetime for all Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare may provide coverage of additional pneumococcal vaccinations based on risk or uncertainty of beneficiary pneumococcal vaccination status. Medicare provides coverage for these vaccines and their administration with no co-pay or deductible. And don’t forget to immunize yourself and your staff. Know what to do about the flu.
Remember – Influenza vaccine plus its administration and pneumococcal vaccine plus its administration are covered Part B benefits. Influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine are NOT Part D-covered drugs. CMS has posted the 2012-2013 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines Pricing. You may also refer to the MLN Matters® Article #MM8047, “Influenza Vaccine Payment Allowances – Annual Update for 2012-2013 Season.”
For more information on coverage and billing of the flu vaccine and its administration, please visit the CMS Medicare Learning Network® Preventive Services Educational Products and CMS Immunizations web pages. And, while some providers may offer the flu vaccine, others can help their patients locate a vaccine provider within their local community. HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free, online service where users can search for locations offering flu vaccines.
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