IDSA News - March 2014  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Clinical Practice Management
•  Exceptions and Appeals: How to Challenge Adverse Health Plan Coverage Decisions
•  Upcoming PQRS Milestones: March 31 Deadline
Policy and Advocacy
•  DISARM Act Would Provide Supplemental Payment for Antimicrobials
•  Informed Consent for Specimen Use: IDSA Expresses Concern Over Proposed Rule
•  HIVMA Members Oppose Anti-Homosexuality Laws
•  IDSA Comments on FDA Draft Guidance on FMT
•  Proposed Federal Policy Could Lead to Wider Screening for HBV
Science Speaks Blog
•  The Center for Global Health Policy’s Blog, Science Speaks, covered a Day of Action at the Nigeria Embassy, important news from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), and other important developments in global HIV news
Education and Resources
•  Maintenance of Certification Program Changes Now in Effect: Enroll by March 31
•  GME Accreditation for MDs and DOs to be Unified Over the Next Five Years
•  Hepatitis C Webinar Series Archives: New Presentation Available
You and Your Colleagues
•  In Memoriam: Albert Z. Kapikian, MD, FIDSA (1931-2014)
•  Call For Nominations for the IDSA Board of Directors Deadline: April 1
•  Nominate Your Colleague for a 2014 Society Award Deadline: April 1
•  Members on the Move
•  New Members
Top Stories
•  From the President: IDSA Volunteers Build on the Momentum of Antimicrobial Resistance Efforts
•  CDC Reports Wide Variation in Prescribing Practices
•  Journal Club
•  President Requests Increased Funding on Antimicrobial Resistance


Exceptions and Appeals: How to Challenge Adverse Health Plan Coverage Decisions

HIV Medicine Association's (HIVMA) tenth fact sheet (PDF) on health care reform examines new protections allowing medical providers to request exceptions to plan formularies and appeal health plan coverage decisions.  

This fact sheet provides information on how to request coverage of non-formulary medicines, and appeal adverse coverage decisions through internal and external reviews. Additional resources for assistance with appeals are included in the fact sheet.

HIVMA's Health Care Reform fact sheets on the HIVMA website.