CDPHP supports the NYS Department of Health (DOH) initiative to remove barriers and combat the stigma associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment. In 2018, the DOH updated HIV testing regulations, removing the requirement to obtain either written or verbal consent from patients. This change has helped to streamline access to HIV testing and has resulted in increased testing rates at regulated settings.
Accurate coding – especially making the distinction between screening and diagnosis coding – is also important to ensure that patients with HIV concerns receive optimal care and support. The following is a summary of the most frequently used codes and their appropriate application.
For additional support and information relating to HIV care, please contact the dedicated HIV RN specialist at CDPHP by calling (518) 641-3431.