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Last Modified: 9/23/2020 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part A, Part B

Protect your patients from influenza this season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a reminder regarding the importance to continue flu vaccination through the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Influenza can be deadly for Medicare patients

People 65 years and older are at a greater risk of complications from seasonal influenza. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older should receive a flu shot every year. It is not too late to get vaccinated -- to protect your patients, your staff, and yourself.
Communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk of developing flu-related complications. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older. The flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people at high risk.

Medicare covers the flu shot

Medicare Part B covers one influenza vaccination and its administration each influenza season. Additional seasonal influenza vaccinations may be covered, if medically necessary. Medicare provides coverage of the flu vaccine without any out-of-pocket costs to the Medicare patient. No deductible or copayment/coinsurance applies.
CMS has created a new Flu Shot page on its website. There you will find information on frequency and coverage; payment rates; coding; and additional billing information for flu shots.

Medicare covers other vaccinations, too

Additionally, Medicare Part B covers these vaccines as well:
Pneumococcal: An initial shot and a different, second shot per pneumococcal vaccine recommendations external link

For more information

Medicare Preventive Services educational tool
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