November 13, 2012
Posted November 2012
Here is important information from the Office of the Medical Director AIDS Institute:
UPDATED GUIDELINES: HIV Prophylaxis Following Occupational Exposure
- The preferred initial PEP regimen now recommended by the NY State Medical Care Criteria Committee is tenofovir plus emtricitabine and raltegravir (lamivudine may be substituted for emtricitabine).
- The new guideline emphasizes the importance of initiating occupational PEP as soon as possible, ideally within 2 hours of exposure and is posted at www.hivguidelines.org
New Pneumococcal Vaccines Recs for People Living with HIV
- People living with HIV should receive two different vaccines to help prevent pneumococcal infection, according to new recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
REMINDER ABOUT FLU SEASON
- According to the CDC, people with HIV/AIDS are considered at increased risk from serious influenza-related complication and should receive inactivated influenza vaccine. To read the recommendations, including those for people with advanced HIV disease and possible contraindications, click here.
Medicaid Update: Coverage of Medical Language Interpreter Services
- Effective October 1, 2012, Medicaid fee-for-service will reimburse Article 28, 31, 32, and 16 facilities to provide medical language interpreter services for Medicaid members with limited English proficiency and communication services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
- Effective December 1, 2012, medical language interpreter services will also be reimbursed by Medicaid Managed Care and Family Health Plus plans in accordance with rates established in provider agreements or, for out-of-network providers, at negotiated rates. For more information click here.
September 13 NYS HIV Quality of Care Advisory Committee Summary
- The OMD is pleased to share with you a summary of the September 13 New York State HIV Quality of Care Advisory Committee meeting, available here.