Four States Now Have Laws Protecting Lyme Disease Literate Doctors

  Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a law which became effective on July 1, 2…

 

Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a law which became effective on July 1, 2010 that protects doctors from law suits who prescribe long-term antibiotics for the treatment of Lyme disease.

This makes

Massachusetts the fourth state with Connecticut, Rhode Island, and California.

The legislation provides the definition for Lyme disease which includes,

“the presence in a patient of signs and symptoms compatible with acute infection with Borrelia burgdorferi; or with late stage or persistent or chronic infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, or with complications related to such an infection.”

In addition, the legislation provides for updating the Lyme disease definition if other strains are

found to cause Lyme disease.

Even more important, the legislation also legitimizes and defines the

“clinical diagnosis”

of Lyme disease. This may be based on knowledge obtained through medical history and physical examination only, or in conjunction with testing that provides supportive data for such clinical diagnosis, as determined by the treating physician rather than relying on the results of the unreliable Western Blot test – which even according to the CDC who determines

the standard – catches only 10% (ten percent) of all Lyme disease tests presented.

As unbelievable as this sounds now, this new language is actually the original language the CDC developed itself for diagnosing Lyme disease.  Possible benefits may include insurance companies having less ammunition to deny claims for extended antibiotics.

Any way you look at it – its good news!

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