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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