AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 3 (March)

Coding Guidelines for Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings (March 2008)

March 2008 page 3 Coding Communication:Coding Guidelines for Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings In September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for HIV testing in health care settings. The Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Healthcare Settings encourages HIV testing as a routine part of medical care. According to the CDC recommendations, screening for HIV infections is consistent with generally accepted criteria for disease screening: (1) HIV infection is a serious health disorder that can be diagnosed before symptoms develop; (2) HIV can be detected by...

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