Aug 19, 2021 - Health

Health care system is ready to bill for third vaccine shots

A hospital lobby with an orange sign that reads, "COVID-19 vaccines here."
A hospital in Louisiana promotes vaccines. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The American Medical Association has created new billing codes so insurance programs can pay doctors, hospitals and others to administer a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Between the lines: America's medical billing systems are ready to go even though the federal policy on widespread booster doses still requires a thumbs-up from the FDA and the CDC's expert vaccine panel.

Worth reminding: The vaccines are still free for everyone, which means you don't have to pay anything out of pocket for a shot.

  • Medicare pays providers $40 for each vaccine dose given.
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