Vaccination coding and billing questions answered. COVID-19 vaccination is ramping up. We recently wrapped up Vaccination Nation, our special-edition four-part series on Talk Ten Tuesdays, at the end of February. I have been fielding questions about COVID-19 vaccination coding and billing lately, so I thought I would share some answers…
The four-part series “Vaccination Nation” concludes today with updates on vaccination rates. An already botched national COVID-19 vaccine distribution rollout has been hampered by hesitancy, suspicion, and a spate of severe winter weather that ravaged Texas and 23 states in the Southeast, forcing mass vaccination clinics to close. On the…
Nationwide, the vaccination rollout has been uneven.The vaccine rollout in Georgia has been relatively successful thus far, although it is an evolving and ongoing process, as with most states. Per Phase 1A of the state vaccine rollout, only adults 65 and older, their caregivers, healthcare workers, employees at long-term care…
According to Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker, 5.7 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated.  I depress the plunger hard, and the retractable needle pops into the hub like magic. Just like I was told it would! This is the fourth type of needle I have used today,…
We were doing our part to help facilitate making the vaccine available to the public. I was feeling confined and socially distanced due to COVID-19, as many of us are – and anxious for a vaccine so I could get back to a more normal life. I had heard about…
The vaccination effort has been suboptimal. It is mind-boggling how rapidly they were able to develop effective vaccines against COVID-19. It really was at warp speed. However, vaccines don’t protect people, vaccinations do. The vaccination effort has been suboptimal. In response to an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and depression, I…
Moderna’s vaccine is expected to be shipped to providers nationwide, on the heels of Pfizer’s. A reeling nation couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older last week…
Consider your health in your travel plans. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is in Washington D.C., is reminding travelers to get vaccinated if you are planning a trip to areas in which yellow fever is present. Which countries are affected by yellow fever? In the Americas, the countries…
The five “Ws” about the flu. It is that time of year again – flu season, which occurs in the fall and winter in the United States, stretching from early October until May. For me, it was a new experience in 2018, as I got my first flu shot! I…
Coding the flu consists of the signs and symptoms of flu, the vaccination, and coding the actual disease and its complications This winter has been a long one for those healthcare workers who have been busy treating flu patients and trying to prevent the flu. On Feb. 7, 2018, the…