October Flu Shot Reminder

Flu Season Is Upon Us! Begin now to take advantage of each patient office visit as an opportunity to encourage your patients to get a flu shot. It's still their best defense against combating the flu this season. (Medicare provides coverage of the flu vaccine without any out-of-pocket costs to the Medicare patient. No deductible or copayment/coinsurance applies.) And don't forget, health care personnel can spread the highly contagious flu virus to patients. Advice: Protect yourself. Don't get the flu. Don't give the flu. Get a flu shot.

Remember – Influenza vaccine plus its administration are covered Part B benefits. Note that influenza vaccine is not a Part D-covered drug.

For information about Medicare's coverage of the influenza virus vaccine and its administration as well as related educational resources for health care professionals, please go to http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/flu_products.pdf on the CMS Web site.

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