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Medicare to Pay for "Fillers" in HIV Patients

March 26, 2010

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Medicare will cover the cost of facial filling treatments for HIV patients with facial lipodystropy syndrome (LDS) who are also depressed.

CMS said a review of current data found use of dermal fillers such as BioForm Medical's Radiesse and Sanofi-Aventis SA's Sculptra benefitted HIV patients with facial fat-wasting who also experienced depression. Other HIV patients with LDS will not be covered, the agency said.

Approximately 45 million elderly and disabled Americans have health care coverage under CMS.

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Adapted from:
03.23.2010; Susan Heavey

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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