Section 1862 (l) and Section 1869 (f)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act) sets forth general procedures to develop and evaluate Medicare coverage determinations that are either adopted nationally by CMS or created and applied locally by a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) within the MAC’s own jurisdictional boundaries.
The 2021 OPPS final rule, released December 2, doesn’t pack many surprises, with CMS generally finalizing most policies as proposed or choosing to continue with current policies. This should aid hospitals required to implement many of its policies in just a few short weeks due to the pandemic-disrupted rulemaking cycle.
CMS' new final rule prepares for vaccine coverage for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers without any out-of-pocket costs. CMS will pay for any coronavirus vaccine that receives FDA authorization either through an Emergency Use Authorization or via a license under a Biologics License Application.