COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now – 5/3/21
As COVID-19 vaccines continue 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.
With information coming from many different sources, CMS has up-to-date 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 encourage our beneficiaries to get vaccinated when they have the opportunity. For more information, visit the CMS COVID-19 Policies and Guidance page.
COVID-19 SNAPSHOT OF NEW COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
CMS, CDC and HHS have released new guidance and resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine to serve our beneficiaries. This important information is highlighted below for our partners to share with providers and consumers.
No Out-of-Pocket Cost for COVID-19 Vaccine. CMS has recently become aware of instances where consumers are being charged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to remind vaccine providers of the following information as the vaccine becomes more widely available help curb any consumer barriers to receiving a vaccine.
COVID-19 VACCINE PROVIDER REMINDER:
If you participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program, you must:
You also can’t:
Report any potential violations of these requirements to the HHS Office of the Inspector General:
Submit claims for administering COVID-19 vaccines to:
For more information on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration, visit the CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Provider page.
COVID-19 VACCINE CONSUMER REMINDER. In addition, we encourage you to share the information below with consumers to help address issues relating to consumers who may have received a charge or paid for COVID-19 vaccination.
If you paid to get a COVID-19 vaccine: When you get a COVID-19 vaccine, your provider can’t charge you for an office visit or other fee if the vaccine is the only medical service you get. If you get other medical services at the same time you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may owe a copayment or deductible for those services.
If you paid a fee or got a bill for a COVID-19 vaccine, check this list to see if your provider should have charged you:
If you think your provider incorrectly charged you for the COVID-19 vaccine, ask them for a refund. If you think your provider charged you for an office visit or other fee, but the only service you got was a COVID-19 vaccine, report them to the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS or visiting TIPS.HHS.GOV.
NEW COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES
CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People: What you Need to Know.
NEW CMS COVID-19 Fraud Resources. CMS just launched new materials to help protect Medicare beneficiaries against COVID-19 vaccine fraud. Spread the word by sharing the resources, graphics and messaging within your communities:
Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Webinar: Thursday, May 13th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. E.T. - hosted by the CMS Office of Minority Health.
Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact CMSOMHTeam@ketchum.com.
For more information on CMS COVID-19 Partner Updates, please contact us: Partnership@cms.hhs.gov