Tis the Season

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. All News Items | Documentation | Coding

Protect Your Patients from Influenza this Season

For long time readers, you probably know that fall is my favorite season. How can it not be? By this time in October the college football season is in full swing, yards have been decorated for the Halloween season, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are just around the corner. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings the flu season.

Here in Alabama, part of the state is already experiencing significant influenza disease activity. Meaning, it’s also the season to get vaccinated.  At the national level, according to the CDC’s FluView Report, as of the week ending October 19th, seasonal influenza remains low in the United States. Regardless of how prevalent the flu may be where you live, you can add to the list of seasons, the “it’s time to get your vaccination season.”

It is also time to make sure Medicare beneficiaries get their annual vaccine. To help get you started, CMS provided the following information in the October 17, 2019 edition of the mlnconnects Newsletter:

Protect Your Patients from Influenza this Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Influenza is a serious health threat, especially to vulnerable populations like people 65 and older, who are at high risk for hospitalization and developing serious complications. Vaccinate by the end of October – to help protect your patients, your staff, and yourself.

Medicare Part B covers:

  • Influenza virus vaccine once per influenza season
  • Additional influenza vaccines if medically necessary

For More Information:

In the spirit of celebrating seasons, I wish each and every one of you a “Happy Fall Ya’ll.”

Article by Beth Cobb

Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Services at Medical Management Plus, Inc.  Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. 

In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Risk Assessment (CRA) Tool. You may contact Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice.  Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.

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