Flu Vac 2018/19 - Claiming for flu vaccines and coding
Claiming for vaccines
Vaccination of eligible individuals can commence as soon as the recommended vaccine is available, the process should be completed by the end of November. However, eligible patients can be offered influenza vaccine at any point in the flu season and the enhanced service specification for flu includes payment for vaccines given up until 31 March 2019. Please see the following:
There has been concern about the funding for these vaccines which are more expensive than other vaccines that have been available. NHS England have confirmed additional funding has been made available to ensure practices can deliver these vaccines to their registered population.
For the coding of health and social care staff (nursing home workers) the SNOMED codes are not recognised by clinical systems and these codes will not be in place until the end of October.
Therefore, the claim for September activity will not be possible until the end of October, when the Read/CTV codes become available.
We therefore recommend that Practices keep a record of their patients vaccinated under this enhanced service, to enable easier retrospective coding when the codes become available. Please do not use the 9OX4. Read code for these patients as they will then be included in the automated extraction for the separate Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2018 -19.
So, in summary –
- Hold a list of your HCW patients registered with you that you have vaccinated
- Code these patients when the codes are available – DO NOT code 9OX4
- When the codes are available please then code them to date on your clinical system and manually submit onto CQRS for payment
- From when the codes are available you may code on your system as normal ready for your search of them each month for you to manually enter onto CQRS.