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Presented By: NIHCM and the National Chlamydia Coalition

Opportunities for Health Plans to Improve Chlamydia Screening

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09:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET

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Due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, more women than ever have access to coverage for preventive screenings without co-payments or deductibles, including chlamydia screening. However, research indicates that coverage does not necessarily result in higher screening rates. In fact, health care providers and patients report barriers to chlamydia screening beyond coverage or access to care.

This webinar began by reviewing the current prevalence of chlamydia in the U.S. and the current state of screening. It also addressed opportunities to remove the provider and patient barriers to screening, as well as the role of health plans in promoting and improving chlamydia screening.

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Resources for Health Care Providers & Health Plans

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers - This document offers the latest information and clinical tools for healthcare providers to:

  • Improve delivery of chlamydia screening services to patients
  • Make chlamydia screening a routine part of a medical practice
  • Provide confidential care to adolescents
  • Take a sexual history

Download for free or purchase copies at

STD Resources for Health Care Providers - This document contains information on CME and other learning opportunities, slide sets and teaching materials, public education materials for your patients, clinical practice tools, and resources for policymakers.

NCC Research Briefs - The National Chlamydia Coalition produces a series of research briefs designed to communicate the most up-to-date research findings on chlamydia screening, laboratory testing, epidemiology and treatment. Briefs in the series summarize information for health care providers and managers in all settings that serve persons for whom STD screening is recommended or who are at risk for STDs.

  1. Developments in STD Screening: Chlamydia Testing
  2. Laboratory Considerations for Male Chlamydia Screening
  3. Getting More Young Women Screened for Chlamydia: Findings from Qualitative Research

Chlamydia Prevention: Challenges and Strategies for Reducing Disease Burden and Sequelae - a Public Health Grand Rounds presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Epidemiology Update on Chlamydia

CDC 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines

Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents & Young Adults: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans - This NIHCM Foundation issue brief reviews the legal protections in place to ensure confidential care delivery for adolescents and young adults, the effect of privacy and confidentiality concerns on the use of health services, and health insurance system barriers and other challenges to delivering confidential care to this population. The brief also presents several strategies for health insurers to assure that their billing processes are protecting adolescents' access to confidential care.

Improving Chlamydia Screening: Strategies from Top Performing Health Plans - published by NCQA

Resources for Patients

Chlamydia Resource Exchange (CRE) - This is a free web-based resource library providing centralized access to multi-media public awareness and education materials on sexual health issues, including Chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, and other STDs.

KidsHealth from Nemours: About Chlamydia

Teen Source on Chlamydia - Teen source provides sexual health information for youth to encourage informed decision making.

Understanding the Affordable Care Act: Preventive Services


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