New Medicare Rules for Billing Flu Vaccines in 2011

Medicare (CMS) has announced new billing codes for influenza vaccines effective January 1, 2011.

The administration of the vaccines continues to be coded G0008; and the diagnosis code remains V04.81.

For children under age 3 years, the vaccine codes remain 90655 – 90657. For those over age 3, the codes are now product based and range from Q2035 – Q2039.

The code for nasal influenza vaccine remains 90660 and the administration to immune compromised patients remains 90662.

50,000 influenza deaths occur annually in the United States; many of these deaths are preventable with the vaccine.

CDC video: Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu. 2014 update: Influenza Vaccine and Egg Allergy: Nearing the End of an Evidence-based Journey References: JCAAI - Joint Council of Allergy Asthma and Immunology,
Devastated parents call on UK government to offer flu vaccine to all children Diagram of influenza virus nomenclature. Image source: Wikipedia, GNU Free Documentation License.

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