December Bulletin – COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates Omicron Variant: What to Know On November 24, a new variant of the COVID-19 virus was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two days later on November 26, the WHO classified the Omicron Variant as a “Variant of Concern.” The first detected cases were found in Botswana and South Africa and have […]

October Bulletin – COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Vaccines for Children In late September, Pfizer announced that the Phase 2/3 trial for children 5 to 11 showed that their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and generated a “robust” antibody response. The trial included more than 2.200 participants and used a two-dose regimen of the vaccine administered three weeks apart. This trial […]

September Bulletin – COVID-19 Updates – Part 2

COVID-19 Updates – Part 2 THE AMA ADDS CPT CODE FOR THIRD COVID-19 VACCINATION  In mid-August, the American Medical Association announced the code set for the third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Below are the codes for both the Pfizer-BioTech & the Moderna vaccines: 91300: this is for the Pfizer vaccine only. For […]

September Bulletin – COVID-19 Updates – Part 1

COVID-19 Updates – Part 1   USFDA APPROVES FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE On August 23 the U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine. It will now referred to as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine will be available for emergency use for individuals […]

AUGUST BULLETIN – THE COVID-19 DELTA VARIANT

The COVID-19 Delta Variant The SARS-CoV-2  B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant was discovered in India in late 2020 and it has since become the dominant strain in the United States. The Delta Variant is More Contagious The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the Delta Variant the “fastest and fittest” strain. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATE – June Bulletin

Delta Variant In December 2020, a new COVID-19 variant was found in India. Now, as of June 2021, just six months after the discovery of the Delta Variant, it is the dominant strain in both India and the United Kingdom. Some key factors to know about the delta variant, also known as B1617.2, are the […]

USDA COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES – May Bulletin

USDA COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES On May 10, 2021 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration expanded emergency use for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents as young as 12 years old. Initially, it was only approved for persons 16 an older; however, according to Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD on fda.gov (link below), the expansion […]

The American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan With the signing of the most recent COVID-19 Relief Bill, more people may be able to afford healthcare coverage through the federal and state health insurance marketplaces. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) will help to save millions of people hundreds of dollars in healthcare insurance costs. Those who qualify include those who […]

March Bulletin – COVID-19 Vaccination Update

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE   As of February 27, 2021, four COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use and have all been issued CPT codes (please see “Coding Update – 2021” on the PGM Blog for CPT codes and NDC numbers). On March 3, 2010 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the […]

COVID-19 UPDATES – January Bulletin

  After almost a full year of battling the Coronavirus Pandemic with masks, lockdowns and social distancing, a new headline is making news: The virus that causes COVID-19 has changed, making it more contagious. Health experts report that at least one new “super strain” of the virus is already in the U.S. and another highly […]