Wednesday, May 23, 2012
News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians
U.S. aid for HIV has saved about 741,000 lives: study
A foreign aid program by the United States providing HIV treatment and prevention to people in African countries prevented about 741,000 deaths between 2004 and 2008, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study appears in the May 16 edition of JAMA, a theme issue on global health.
Directory, toolkit help with referral process
Physicians looking to refer a patient to a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-friendly doctor can use a provider directory offered by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). Searches can be completed by zip code, state or city.
In addition, an AMA toolkit simplifies the complex federal regulations for self-referrals, sometimes called the "Stark law," to help physicians successfully navigate them. Determine how the law might apply to you with an easy-to-use interactive tool, which also defines key terms and explains a number of exceptions that permit certain self-referrals. You also can find examples of how to interpret the law and an explanation of the law's main requirements in a detailed overview document.