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Task Force: All Patients Between Ages Of 15 And 65 Should Be Tested For HIV « CBS DC

Task Force: All Patients Between Ages Of 15 And 65 Should Be Tested For HIV « CBS DC.

New guidelines were released by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force which assert that all clinical patients between the ages of 15 and 65 should be tested for HIV.

 

Facts from the CDC: HIV in the United States: At A Glance

More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV   infection, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection

The population of the United States over age 18 is around 235 million so less than 0.5% are infected with the HIV virus. Does everyone really need to be tested?

The graph below is estimated new infections:

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MSM = Males who have sex with other males

Does everyone really need to be tested and at what expense?

 

 

 

 

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Health Insurers Must Cover Polyp Removal for Preventative Colonoscopies including polyp removal

Good news: Health Insurers Must Cover Polyp Removal for Preventative Colonoscopies No more out-of-pocket surprises for patients undergoing this lifesaving procedure.

This PPACA provision originally was interpreted by certain health benefits payors to apply only if the colorectal cancer screening colonoscopy found no polyps requiring removal. In cases where a polyp was found and removed, the procedure then became a polypectomy and some payors applied the full range of copays and deductibles. Colorectal cancer screening advocates, including PCC, have worked tirelessly since PPACA’s induction urging federal regulatory personnel for a more reasonable and patient-friendly interpretation of this provision and this recent announcement reflects their efforts.

This train of thought was certain to end badly for the insurance companies and that’s turned out to be the case.

 

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