Payment Matters: CMS Proposes Rule Advancing Universal Access to Influenza Immunization

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CMS recently issued a proposed rule requiring certain Medicare and Medicaid certified entities to offer all patients annual influenza vaccinations and to develop policies and procedures addressing the threat of pandemic influenza. Through these measures, CMS seeks to boost the overall seasonal vaccination rate from approximately 40 percent to 60 percent and to enhance medical preparedness in the event of a pandemic outbreak. Comments must be received no later than July 5, 2011. CMS plans to issue final rules in the early Fall of 2011, which would go into effect in time for the 2011-2012 influenza season.

As proposed, the rule updates the conditions of participation and coverage for the following Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers....

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