As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS.
The CDC designed COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers build confidence in this important new vaccine. The toolkit will help employers across various industries, including child care, educate their workforce about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns. The toolkit contains a variety of resources including:
- Key messages,
- An educational slide deck,
- Newsletter content,
- A plain language vaccine factsheet (available in several different languages),
- A template letter for employees,
- Social media content, and
- Vaccination sticker templates.
- Introductory letter
- Key Messages
- Slide deck for virtual town halls or other informational meetings within your communities. You can use all or part of the set or also include your own organization’s information.
- Fact Sheets in plain-language and available in several languages
- Newsletter blurb
- Stickers to use once immunized
With information coming from many different sources, CMS has compiled resources and materials to help you share important and relevant information on the COVID- 19 vaccine with the people that you serve. You can find these and more resources on the COVID-19 Partner Resources Page and the HHS COVID Education Campaign page. We look forward to partnering with you to promote vaccine safety and encourage our beneficiaries to get vaccinated when they have the opportunity.
If you are a healthcare provider:
Both the CDC and CMS have useful resources for your practice. Look to CDC for the latest science, vaccine administration information and patient-focused resources.
You can find additional resources on the CDC Resources for Health Care Providers Page.
CMS released aCOVID-19 Provider Toolkit to ensure health care providers have the necessary tools to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The toolkit includes information on:
- How health care providers can enroll in Medicare to bill for administering COVID-19 vaccines
- The COVID-19 vaccine Medicare coding structure;
- The Medicare payment strategy for COVID-19 vaccine administration;
- How health care providers can bill correctly for administering vaccines, including roster and centralized billing;
- Monoclonal antibody infusion for treating COVID-19; and
- New COVID-19 Treatments Add-on Payment (NCTAP).
You can also review the set of COVID-19 FAQs, which has information specific to health care providers who bill Medicare for administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Here’s what else you should know:
- Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to your patients with Medicare. Medicare will reimburse you for administering the vaccine.
- State governments are handling the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Look for updates from your state and local officials as more doses of the vaccine become available for additional priority groups.
- People without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine can also get COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. Providers administering the vaccine to people without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of the vaccine can request reimbursement for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Provider Relief Fund.
- Most professional associations have pages devoted to COVID-19 vaccination. Your association may have advice tailored to your discipline, specialty and/or location.
How can you help educate your patients?
- You are a trusted source…encourage your patients to get the vaccine when it is available to them.
- Let them know the vaccine is no cost and will help keep them from getting COVID-19. Learn more about the benefits of the vaccine.
- Let them know the vaccine is safe and that safety is a top priority for COVID-19 vaccines.
- Remind them to continue practicing the 3Ws (Wear a Mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands).
Questions? Please e-mail us: Partnership@cms.hhs.gov