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HAB Information E-mail Volume 14, Issue 7, April 7, 2011

HRSA/HAB News

  • National Monitoring Standards for Parts A and B
  • Guide for Evaluation and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Adults Coinfected with HIV
  • New Tool Offers Easy Access to HRSA Data
  • Program Data Report (RDR) Technical Assistance

Other News

  • National HIV Prevention Conference Call for Late Breakers: Deadline April 22
  • National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report: Module One Released
  • National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: May 19

HRSA/HAB News

National Monitoring Standards for Parts A and B 

HRSA/HAB’s Division of Service Systems has released the National Monitoring Standards for Part A and Part B.  The standards are designed to help Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A and B (including AIDS Drug Assistance Program) grantees meet Federal requirements for program and fiscal management, monitoring, and reporting to improve program efficiency and responsiveness.  Requirements set forth in other sources are consolidated into a single package of materials that provide direction and advice to grantees for monitoring both their own work and the performance of service providers.  The Standards consolidate existing HRSA/HAB requirements for program and fiscal management and oversight based on Federal law, regulations, policies, and guidance documents. View the Standards.

Guide for Evaluation and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Adults Coinfected with HIV 

HRSA/HAB has developed a guide for clinicians in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) in the setting of HIV primary care.  The guide is designed to serve as a quick reference in key aspects of HCV care and treatment for HIV-infected patients.

For many years, HRSA/HAB has endeavored to increase access to hepatitis C (HCV) treatment of HIV-infected patients in Ryan White-funded programs.  In 2010, HRSA/HAB provided grants to 15 Ryan White funded clinics and one technical assistance/evaluation center to develop and evaluate models to integrate HCV treatment into HIV primary care through the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) program.  In 2011, an additional 15 clinics will be added to this SPNS initiative. View the guide. (PDF – 209 KB)

For other clinical care TA resources visit the TARGET Center.

New Tool Offers Easy Access to HRSA Data 

A new tool offers overviews of HRSA programs and current information such as the number and amount of grants awarded down to the county level.  Users can also find the number of health centers, National Health Service Corps members and the communities they serve, and the number of eligible providers through the 340B program in each state.  The tool is interactive and linked to different pages on the HRSA Web site to provide further information about programs.  The data included are pulled from the HRSA Data Warehouse on a nightly basis. Access “HRSA in Your State.”

Program Data Report (RDR) Technical Assistance 

HRSA/HAB anticipates that the 2010 Annual Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Data Report (RDR) will be the final time grantees will need to submit this report.  Because the RDR has remained the same for the past few years, HAB elected to forego providing training on the completion and submission of the RDR at the annual regional trainings.  Therefore, HAB has developed a self-study option for new users, (i.e. individuals at grantee organizations who have not previously submitted the RDR) which will provide grantees with the foundational information necessary for understanding and successfully completing the 2010 RDR.  In addition, an RDR Overview and Q&A Sessions will be conducted on April 12, 1:00 pm ET.

For more information on the course (PDF – 354 KB) For more information and to register for the Webcast.

Other News

National HIV Prevention Conference Call for Late Breakers: Deadline April 22 

The 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) will take place August 14-17 in Atlanta.   Late Breaker Abstract Submissions are now being accepted through April 22.  Late-breaking abstracts are intended to enable the presentation of cutting-edge research and information that was not yet known or fully available at the time of the regular abstract submission deadline in February 2011.  Late-breaking abstracts are unique in that they provide exciting, new data that is relevant to reducing the spread of HIV infection.  The late-breaking abstract deadline is not an extension of the abstract submission deadline.  Like all NHPC abstracts, information contained in a late-breaking abstract must not be published prior to the 2011 NHPC in August 2011. For more information on Late Breaker submission and NHPC.

National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report: Module One Released 

NASTAD released the first component of its National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report has been released by the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).  For the last 16 years, NASTAD has provided comprehensive and detailed information on programmatic aspects of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) through the report.  This year, NASTAD is releasing this year’s report in several installments. Module One includes detailed information related to ADAP budgets, client enrollment and utilization, client demographics, program eligibility, and program management and administration.  Module Two will be released in May 2011 and will include detailed information on prescription distribution and payment methods, expenditures and prescriptions filled, insurance coordination, ADAP coordination with Medicare Part D, ADAP coordination with Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs), and updated client enrollment and utilization. A final, supplemental module will highlight hepatitis treatments.  These three modules will then be released in a final, comprehensive report in May 2011. View Module One.

National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: May 19 

This annual observance is a day to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.  It is also a day to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.  National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is the lead for this day. For more information, resources, and events. For information on other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.

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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