WPATH Standards of Care 8: Applying Updated Guidelines To Inform Optimal Gender-Affirming Care
BY MICAH HOFFMAN, MD, DABPN, FAPA,
ALLMED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MEDICAL DIRECTOR
WPATH Standards of Care 8
In the rapidly evolving field of gender-affirming care, identifying medical necessity can be a challenge. Decision-making that impacts the health of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) plan members often must factor in complex considerations spanning multiple specialized disciplines. In just one example, procedures long considered elective, such as facial cosmetic surgery, may now be indicated by behavioral health research to be essential in certain circumstances for transgender members. Soon-to-be-released updated standards of care from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) paired with growing scientific research…
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