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10/18/2000

Pneumococcal Vaccination Gets Easier

Cheryl A. Thompson

Medicare beneficiaries can now receive pneumococcal vaccines on request in hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities and through home care and hospice agencies.

As of July 1, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) covers the cost of the vaccine and its administration without a physician's specific order. Claims for the vaccine do not require a unique physician identifier number in item 17A of HCFA form 1500.