Are the ILADS Lyme treatment guidelines finally getting the credit they deserve? Will it be possible for doctors to treat Lyme patients long term without facing consequences from insurance companies reporting them? Will doctors not be able to look a Lyme patient in the face and say there is no such thing as Chronic Lyme?
Well today ILADS made an announcement that looks like we are at least heading in that direction.
“The National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC) is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NGC recently adopted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for developing trustworthy guidelines, which define the highest level of excellence that a guideline can achieve. Guidelines posted on the NGC website must now satisfy these standards. Thus, the inclusion of ILADS’s peer reviewed guidelines on the NGC website demonstrates that they meet the level of excellence called for by the IOM.”