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Tdap and Medicare

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    I just got a call from a patient saying that the Tdap vaccine was now covered by Medicare. I know this is true for pharmacies, but has that also changed for medical offices? I've been submitting Tdap claims to Medicare having the patient sign and ABN and I have yet to see Medicare pay for one. Anybody able to help with this?

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    "CDPH received clarification on coverage of the pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) from
    the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding coverage of Tdap
    immunization for beneficiaries. Tdap vaccine is a Part D covered drug for use in
    patients 65 years of age and older. Tdap vaccine may be obtained by Medicare Part D
    beneficiaries from a network pharmacy without out-of-pocket costs by the beneficiary.
    Tdap may also be provided in a network provider's office; however, this would require
    the beneficiary to pay for the vaccine costs up front and then be reimbursed by their
    Medicare Part D plan. The beneficiary should contact their Medicare Part D plan in
    advance for detailed instructions on reimbursement for Tdap vaccination."

    "CMS reminds Part D sponsors that the Tdap vaccine is a Part D covered drug and is on-compendia for use in patients 65 and older. The Tdap vaccine may be obtained from a network pharmacy and administered by a pharmacist registered for vaccine administration or in a network provider's office. This will benefit members by providing a choice in access and administration to the vaccine."

  3. Smile tdap w Medicare
    You do have the option of signing up for an eDispense account and bill the patients Part D for the tdap and administration.

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