Climaxing a 25 year old debate, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is about to release recommendations on screening for HIV infection that will endorse the routine testing of all adults and adolescents (15 to 65 yrs old), according to the March 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Why is this potentially important to patients and to Orasure shareholders? Because the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) mandates that all public and private health plans provide coverage for USPSTF - recommended preventative services without patient co-payment. Stay tuned.
This sounds great, but I have not heard of this in Obamacare. The trouble is somehow insurers would have to be able to re-imburse patients that bought Oraquick at the store or else get a coupon to go purchase the test or buy it OTC and have pharmacy able to "run it through insurance".
no, there will never be reimbursement for OTC purchases. the USPSTF recommendations will only apply to in-office testing at your local doctor.... and they will use the professional version... not the OTC test which probably has higher price markup.
gben: what's the timeframe for the news event? next month? thx