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Timeline to an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine for Immunocompromised People

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Thursday August 12, 2021

The FDA has amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID- 19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for additional doses “in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.” (link).

Friday August 13, 2021

The CMS updated their COVID-19 webpage on August 13, 2021 (link), to reflect that they will pay the same amount to administer this additional dose as they did for the other doses (approximately $40 each). They go on to note in the announcement that they will be sharing information in the coming days related to billing and coding.

Monday August 16, 2021

The CMS released a Special Edition MLN Connects noting that “effective August 12, 2021, CMS will pay to administer additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines consistent with the FDA EUAs, using CPT code 0003A for the Pfizer vaccine and CPT code 0013A for the Moderna vaccine (link). We’ll pay the same amount to administer this additional dose as we did for other doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (approximately $40 each).

We’ll hold and then process all claims with these codes after we complete claims system updates (no later than August 27).”

Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics 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 Protection Assessment Tool.

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.