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Flu Season is Here: Protect Your Patients, Yourself, & Your Loved Ones
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Thursday, September 30, 2021



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Flu Season is Here: Protect Your Patients, Yourself, & Your Loved Ones

It’s flu season, and flu shots are the best way to protect your patients, yourself, and your loved ones. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. Reducing the spread of respiratory illness, like flu, this fall and winter is important during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may give the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same visit as recommended by CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices.

Medicare Part B covers 1 flu shot per flu season and additional flu shots if medically necessary. Your patients pay nothing if you accept assignment.

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Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Updates

Get the latest payment information on the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), and find out how and when you can comment:

Starting January 1, 2022, laboratories can start reporting data to CMS. Visit the PAMA Regulations webpage for more information, and find out if you’re a laboratory that must report.



Post-Acute Care Transfers: Bill Correctly

In a recent report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found Medicare improperly paid inpatient claims subject to the transfer policy. Many hospitals didn’t properly code inpatient claims as a discharge to home when patients resumed home health services within 3 days of discharge. Read the Review of Hospital Compliance with Medicare's Transfer Policy with the Resumption of Home Health Services & Other Information on Patient Discharge Status Codes (PDF) MLN Matters Article to bill correctly.

Visit the Fiscal Year 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule webpage to stay up to date on the latest policy changes and payment updates. Learn more about:


MLN Matters® Articles

October 2021 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications Version 22.3

Learn about claims processing updates (PDF).


October 2021 Update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

Learn about changes to payment policies and billing instructions (PDF).


October Quarterly Update for 2021 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Fee Schedule

Learn about changes to payment policy (PDF).



Part C Organization Determination, Appeals, & Grievances — Revised

See updated information in this Medicare Learning Network (MLN) web-based training course:

  • Learn requirements
  • Identify common problems

Visit the MLN Web-Based Training webpage for a current list of courses.


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