Portability of Coverage, Enrollee Notices, and Third Party Payments under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program
The Affordable Care Act provides people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) additional options for health care coverage, now and in the future. Starting in 2014, Americans can no longer be denied coverage or charged more based on their health status when they enroll in a health plan. In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act provides assistance to people needing health care, including temporary coverage for eligible people without insurance who have a pre-existing condition. The program is known as the “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan” or the PCIP program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a bulletin entitled, “Portability of Coverage, Enrollee Notices, and Third Party Payments under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program,” which provides details on the PCIP program and answers frequently asked questions.
For more information. (PDF – 56.5 KB)
Health Center Planning Grants: Applications Due March 18
Up to $10 million in funding is available for Health Center Planning Grants (HCPG), which are designed to help organizations across the country become Community Health Centers. Administered by HRSA, the HCPG opportunity is intended to support organizations in the future development of a health center and will support approximately 125 HCPGs in FY 2011. Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities, including tribes and tribal organizations, and faith-based and community-based organizations. Applicants may not be a current section 330-funded health center. Applications are due March 18.
For more information.
New “Find HIV Care” Feature on HAB Web Site: Please Confirm your Information
The HRSA/HAB Web site has added the “Find a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Medical Care Provider” feature that allows users to search for Ryan White-funded providers in a specific geographic area. Users can access contact information for providers as well as a map identifying the location of providers.
Search for providers.
If you provide Ryan White medical care as defined on the Web page, we encourage you to search for your clinic to help ensure the accuracy of the listing. If your information is either listed incorrectly or not at all, please send an e-mail to Kelley Weld with the following details:
Information on Ryan White providers is also available on the Ryan White Community page of the TARGET Center.
HAB Clinical Performance Measures: Input Sought by January 21
HRSA/HAB is revising the Core Clinical Performance Measures and is seeking voluntary input. The information will be used to update and modify HAB’s Clinical Performance Measures Groups 1-3. View the measures.
Please provide comments no later than January 21.
Access the Web site to provide input.
Upcoming RSR Webcasts: January/February
RSR Boot Camp, Do Ask, We’ll Tell: January 25, 2:00 pm ET
This fast-paced orientation is for grantee staff who just found out they will work on the CY2010 RSR Report. This may be too basic for those who attended one of the RSR regional trainings but as always, everyone is welcome.
2009 Data, Looking Forward: February 2, 1:00 pm ET
Don’t miss this review of 2009 data quality. Participants will learn to read signals from data that can help improve reports for 2010 and beyond. Please note, this will focus on client totals and the clinical client level data.
Register for the Webcasts.
Learn more about Ryan White data reporting and access RSR TA and RDR TA.
Guidance on Implementing Syringe Service Programs
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released implementation guidance for HHS programs interested in implementing syringe service programs (SSPs) with fiscal year 2010 appropriated dollars. At this time, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees are eligible to use Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds to support SSPs as part of a comprehensive HIV treatment program to link individuals testing positive to care and to reduce HIV transmission as a secondary prevention measure. SSPs are considered a “support service.” For more information, look under “What’s New” on the TARGET Center.
New SPNS Documents Explore Linkages for PLWH Newly Released from Jail
The SPNS Enhancing Linkages for Those Newly Released from Jails Initiative has released a series of policy briefs on the following topics:
The policy briefs were developed by the SPNS-funded Evaluation and Support Center at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
View the policy briefs.
Additional resources on working with incarcerated populations are available from the TARGET Center Library.
Medicaid Program Health Quality Indicators Posted for Public Comment
Comments are being requested on the initial core set of health quality measures recommended for Medicaid-eligible adults, as required by section 2701 of the Affordable Care Act, for voluntary use by State programs administered under title XIX of the Social Security Act, health insurance issuers and managed care entities that enter into contracts with Medicaid, and providers of items and services under these programs. Comments are requested on the initial measures, on facilitating the use of these measures by States, and on identifying priority areas for measure enhancement and development. Comments are requested by March 1.
For more information and to view the measures.
International Conference on Viral Hepatitis: April 11-12, Baltimore
The goal of this conference is to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-science viral hepatitis research, as well as clinical perspectives in practicum, for a target audience of infectious disease (ID) and non-ID-specialized HIV-treating physicians, nurse-practitioners, physician-assistants, and pharmacists.
Among the clinical management issues to be examined are: defining parameters for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment success; identifying and managing adherence and behavioral and clinical issues unique to patients with HBV and HCV; exploring the importance of preventing HBV and HCV drug resistance; and evaluating current data related to new HBV and HCV treatment options (including direct action antivirals [DAAs]) and modalities.
Abstracts are due February 15.
Learn more about the conference.
2011 National HIV Prevention Conference Call for Abstracts: Deadline February 4
Abstracts for the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference are being sought, with a deadline of February 4, 2011. The conference will take place August 14-17, 2011 in Atlanta. The theme of the 2011 meeting is "The Urgency of Now: Reduce Incidence. Improve Access. Promote Equity."
Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, HRSA’s Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS, is one of the conference co-chairs. The conference will focus on successes and challenges of the first 30 years of the epidemic, lessons learned, and applying those lessons today—particularly in relation to implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. The early registration deadline for the conference is June 6.
Visit the conference Web site.
CMS Opens Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Registration
Effective January 3, 2011, registration is available to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who wish to participate in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. Through Medicare, eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over a 5-year period, and as much as $63,750 over 6 years under Medicaid. Under both programs, eligible hospitals may receive millions of dollars for implementing and meaningfully using certified EHR technology.
Registration in the Medicaid program is available in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. In February, registration will open in California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Other States likely will launch their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs during the spring and summer of 2011.
Eligible providers seeking to participate in the Medicaid programs must initiate registration at CMS’ registration site but also complete the process through an eligibility verification site maintained by their State Medicaid agency. Questions about State launch dates should be directed to State Medicaid agencies.
Those who meet eligibility requirements for both Medicare and Medicaid programs must select one program when they register. After receiving payment, they may change their program selection once before 2015. Hospitals that are eligible for both programs can receive payments from both Medicare and Medicaid.
Interested providers should visit CMS’ Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The site provides general and detailed information on the programs, including tabs on the path to payment, eligibility, meaningful use, certified EHR technology, and frequently asked questions. Visit the Web site.
Updated Fact Sheets on HIV and Pregnancy
AIDSinfo has updated its fact sheet series on HIV and Pregnancy. The fact sheets are designed for HIV-infected women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. The fact sheets have been revised to reflect the latest version of the HHS Perinatal HIV Guidelines. In addition, a new fact sheet has been added on mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
View the fact sheets.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) will be observed February 7. The 2011 theme is "It Takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS." For posters, fact sheets, and to register an event, visit the NBHAAD Web site.
In addition to the resources listed above, don’t forget to check out these other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.
TARGET Center, Central Source for Ryan White TA
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