Section 1300.74.16 - Standing Referral to HIV/AIDS Specialist (California Code of Regulations)

§ 1300.74.16. Standing Referral to HIV/AIDS Specialist

(a) The definitions and requirements of this section are applicable only to standing referrals made pursuant to Section 1374.16 of the Act. Nothing in this section requires an enrollee to transfer to a different primary care provider or limits referral authorizations that are not subject to Section 1374.16 of the Act.

(b) For the purposes of this section "AIDS" means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

(c) For the purposes of this section "category 1 continuing medical education" means:

(1) For physicians, continuing medical education courses recognized as qualifying for category 1 credit by the Medical Board of California;

(2) For nurse practitioners, continuing education contact hours recognized by the California Board of Registered Nursing;

(3) For physician assistants, continuing education units approved by the American Association of Physician Assistants or those described in either subsection (c)(1) or (c)(2), above.

(d) For the purposes of this section "HIV" means the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

(e) For the purposes of this section an "HIV/AIDS specialist" means a physician who holds a valid, unrevoked and unsuspended certificate to practice medicine in the state of California who meets any one of the following four criteria:

(1) Is credentialed as an "HIV Specialist" by the American Academy of HIV Medicine; or

(2) Is board certified, or has earned a Certificate of Added Qualification, in the field of HIV medicine granted by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties, should a member board of that organization establish board certification, or a Certificate of Added Qualification, in the field of HIV medicine; or

(3) Is board certified in the field of infectious diseases by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties and meets the following qualifications:

(A) In the immediately preceding 12 months has clinically managed medical care to a minimum of 25 patients who are infected with HIV; and

(B) In the immediately preceding 12 months has successfully completed a minimum of 15 hours of category 1 continuing medical education in the prevention of HIV infection, combined with diagnosis, treatment, or both, of HIV-infected patients, including a minimum of 5 hours related to antiretroviral therapy per year; or

(4) Meets the following qualifications:

(A) In the immediately preceding 24 months has clinically managed medical care to a minimum of 20 patients who are infected with HIV; and

(B) Has completed any of the following:

1.In the immediately preceding 12 months has obtained board certification or recertification in the field of infectious diseases from a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties; or

2.In the immediately preceding 12 months has successfully completed a minimum of 30 hours of category 1 continuing medical education in the prevention of HIV infection, combined with diagnosis, treatment, or both, of HIV-infected patients; or

3.In the immediately preceding 12 months has successfully completed a minimum of 15 hours of category 1 continuing medical education in the prevention of HIV infection, combined with diagnosis, treatment, or both, of HIV-infected patients and has successfully completed the HIV Medicine Competency Maintenance Examination administered by the American Academy of HIV medicine.

(f) When authorizing a standing referral to a specialist pursuant to Section 1374.16(a) of the Act for the purpose of the diagnosis or treatment of a condition requiring care by a physician with a specialized knowledge of HIV medicine, a health care service plan must refer the enrollee to an HIV/AIDS specialist. When authorizing a standing referral to a specialist for purposes of having that specialist coordinate the enrollee's health care pursuant to Section 1374.16(b) of the Act for an enrollee who is infected with HIV, a health care service plan must refer the enrollee to an HIV/AIDS specialist. The HIV/AIDS specialist may utilize the services of a nurse practitioner or physician assistant if:

(1) The nurse practitioner or physician assistant is under the supervision of an HIV/AIDS specialist; and

(2) The nurse practitioner or physician assistant meets the qualifications specified in subsection (e)(4); and

(3) The nurse practitioner or physician assistant and that provider's supervising HIV/AIDS specialist have the capacity to see an additional patient.

(g) Subsection (f) does not require a health care service plan to refer an enrollee to any provider who is not employed by or under contract with the health care service plan to provide health care services to its enrollees, unless there is no HIV/AIDS specialist, or appropriately qualified nurse practitioner or physician assistant under the supervision of an HIV/AIDS specialist, within the plan's network appropriate to provide care to the enrollee, as determined by the primary care physician in consultation with the plan medical director.

(1. Renumbering of former section 1300.67.60 to new section 1300.74.16, including repealer of subsections (h)-(i), filed 1-10-2008; operative 2-9-2008 (Register 2008, No. 2).)

Note: Authority cited: Section 1344, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1344 and 1374.16, Health and Safety Code.

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