CFSAC Recommendations - May 10, 2010
- The Secretary should ask the blood community to defer indefinitely from donating any blood components, any person with a history of chronic fatigue syndrome.
- The Secretary should recognize the special challenges of ensuring that CFS is part of any efforts to train or educate health care providers under health reform.
- The Secretary should direct CMS, AHRQ, and HRSA to collaborate on developing a demonstration project focused on better value and more efficient and effective care for persons with CFS. This can be a public-private effort, and monitoring outcomes and costs should be part of the overall evaluation.
- The Secretary should ask the Designated Federal Officer to explore adding a web-based meeting to conduct CFSAC business.
- CFSAC rejects proposals to classify CFS as a psychiatric condition in U.S. disease classification systems. CFS is a multi-system disease and should be retained in its current classification structure, which is within the “Signs and Symptoms” chapter of the International Classification of Diseases 9-Clinical Modification (ICD 9-CM).*
*DFO Note: The ICD 10-CM is scheduled for implementation on October 1, 2013. In that classification, two mutually exclusive codes exist for chronic fatigue:
- post-viral fatigue syndrome (in the nervous system chapter), and
- chronic fatigue syndrome, unspecified (in the signs and symptoms chapter).
HHS has no plans at this time to change this classification in the ICD 10-CM.