Introductory/Refresher Information on Opt-out HIV Screening

For both New & Continuing Sites, this page provides the latest standard-of-care guidance regarding routinely including opt-out screening for HIV in  Enhanced Health Promotion & Screening (EHPS) for various conditions of public health importance, AND how it is possible to do so consistent within PA Confidentiality Laws.
  • PA Dept of Health Advisory on PA Act 59 (2011) amendment of Act 148 (1990): On July 7, 2011, Governor Corbett signed into law Act 59 of 2011, an amendment to Pennsylvania’s Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act (commonly known as Act 148). The amendment aligns Pennsylvania’s HIV law with the 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health Care Settings.
  • AMA/AAHIVM Coding guide for billing of routine HIV screening in healthcare settings. In accordance with the recent Grade A recommendation of HIV screening by the USPHS prevention task force, HIV screening is a routine screening procedure which can be billed/documented for fee-for-service/managed care insurance purposes. The AMA / AAHIVM  coding guide lists billing codes which should be used for billing/ documentation of preventive services and cites several examples.