Medicare Revises Timing of “Flu Season”

To better conform to recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised current language regarding the timing of seasonal influenza vaccine administration.

CDC recommendations state that influenza vaccination efforts should begin as soon as the seasonal vaccine is available and continue through the influenza season.

Typically, this vaccine is administered once a “flu season,” but the beginning and duration of the influenza season cannot be precisely determined. Because there is no yearly limit, contractors determine whether such services are reasonable and allow payment if appropriate.

When deemed appropriate, Medicare Part B provides 100 percent coverage for the influenza vaccine and its administration as a preventive service. The Part B deductible and coinsurance do not apply. A physician’s order is not required, nor is a physician’s supervision.

Source: CMS Transmittal 2253, Change Request (CR) 7453, issued July 8


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