New ACA Tools on Target WebsitePosted: May 16th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
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Ryan White Providers and Medicaid: Preparing for 2014 Webinar June 3, 11:30-1:00 pm PSTPosted: May 16th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
This webinar, one in a series cosponsored by HRSA and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), is designed to orient Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees and providers to the changing landscape of 2014. The webinar will focus on coordination across Medicaid and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and highlight the differences between the current and future health care system for Ryan White providers. Areas to be explored during the webinar include: 1) funding sources and billing options; 2) contracting structures; 3) services that are reimbursable by insurers; and 4) infrastructure considerations. It will address Medicaid managed care regulations that may apply to Ryan White providers and will include a state perspective through a representative from the Washington State Department of Health, and also a Ryan White provider. They will share suggestions for next steps for health departments and Ryan White providers to consider in preparing for health care reform systems transitions.
This is a Save the Date – registration and log-in information will be available shortly.
“Lights, Camera, Action: Using You Tube Videos in PowerPoint, Webinars and Everyday AETC Life” Webinar Recording and SlidesPosted: May 16th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
To view the recording and slides from this AETC National Resource Center E-Learn webinar, click here for the recording.
Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19, 2013Posted: May 16th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
May 19, 2013 marks Hepatitis Testing Day.
According to the CDC:
• About 3 million adults in the U.S. are infected with the hepatitis C virus, most are “baby boomers” born between 1945 and 1965. African Americans have a substantially higher rate of chronic hepatitis C infection than Caucasians and other ethnic groups.
• Up to 3 in 4 people don’t know they’re infected with hepatitis C, so they aren’t receiving the medical care they need to prevent serious liver damage. Latinos are less likely to be tested than individuals of other races/ethnicities even in the presence of a known risk factor.
• Every year, approximately 15,000 people in the United States die from hepatitis C-related liver disease.
• An estimated 800,000 – 1.4 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B infection. Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) make up less than 5% of the total population in the United States, but account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic hepatitis B virus.
• Over time, approximately 15%–25% of people with chronic hepatitis B develop serious liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure, and even liver cancer.
• Approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. die from hepatitis B-related liver disease. Chronic hepatitis B and associated liver cancer in APIs is one of the most serious health disparities in the United States.
Find out ways in which you can acknowledge the day from the links below:
- Learn more about hepatitis through the CDC’s Know More Hepatitis campaign and other resources from its Division of Viral Hepatitis. To learn about the campaign, click here.
- CDC recommends that anyone born from 1945-1965 get tested at least once in their lifetime for hepatitis C. To view a video about the CDC recommendations on testing, click here.
- To view a list of who should be tested for Hepatitis B, click here.
- Get tested for hepatitis B and C. If you feel you are at risk of hepatitis, try this online hepatitis risk assessment from CDC. To access the survey, click here.
- CDC has developed tools to help you spread the word on Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19 and beyond. Some of these tools are free web buttons and badges you can place on your website; put them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or other social media to help raise awareness. To access these tools, click here.
Mental Health Screening Tools for the HIV ClinicianPosted: May 13th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
This webinar from the Pacific AETC, will review common psychiatric disorders in HIV, and relevant screening tools will be discussed. To learn more and to register, click here.
DHHS and HRSA Announce Funding for Part C Capacity Development ProgramPosted: May 13th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
This funding is available for existing Part C grantees to support short-term ACA related activities and/or infrastructure development activities, to increase high quality HIV primary health care services for people living with HIV or who are at risk of infection in under-served or rural communities. Application due date is May 30, 2013. To learn more, click here.
Overcoming Barriers to Care: Scaling Up HCV Therapy Among HIV-Infected Individuals in the Era of Direct-Acting AgentsPosted: May 9th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
This 1.5 hour PAETC webinar, presented by Dr. Edward Cachay, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the HIV Hepatitis Co-infection Clinic at UCSD Medical Center, will discuss the barriers to care in initiating HCV treatment and update providers on identifying appropriate HCV therapies and therapeutic outcomes. To learn more and to register, click here.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Final Recommendation on Screening for HIVPosted: May 6th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has issued a final recommendation that clinicians screen all people aged 15-65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults at increased risk for HIV infection. Additionally, the Task Force recommends that all pregnant women, including those in labor with unknown HIV status be screened for HIV. To learn more, click here.
Kaiser Family Foundation’s New Website – kff.orgPosted: May 6th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
About the updated kff.org website:
The new kff.org provides a streamlined experience centered around 10 major health policy topics. With content continually updated on the home page and topic pages, the site reflects both current health policy issues and the Foundation’s latest resources. All content on a topic — whether a fact sheet, poll, slide, data table, video or infographic — is integrated for one-stop searching and viewing.
The new search engine provides a shopping-like experience with refinement options for narrowing down results by date, topics, tags, and type of content.
Designed to fit the way people currently access and consume online information, the new site is built on the open-source WordPress platform that can rapidly evolve to incorporate the latest advances in online communication. The site also utilizes the latest responsive design techniques to improve viewing on tablets and smartphones. The newest design for reports provides easier access to graphics, information and data — no longer constrained by PDFs and more readily accessible on all devices.
Many existing resources have been refreshed for the new platform, including quizzes, timelines, slides and other interactive tools. Slideshows and chartpacks from new Kaiser polls can easily be shared using an embeddable viewer from Slideshare, providing a wider audience with easy access to the Foundation’s resources.
kff.org consolidated five websites and gateways developed over the last decade into one comprehensive site to provide a single point of entry to the Foundation’s vast information resources.
By combining the popular globalhealthfacts.org, statehealthfacts.org, and other stand-alone databases of state and county data into the new kff.org , visitors can now interact with state and global data tables, maps, and trend graphs on health issues alongside related fact sheets, briefs and reports, rather than needing to visit separate Foundation sites to find different types of information on the same topic.
The Foundation will maintain its current separate website for its nonprofit health news service, Kaiser Health News (KHN), though stories by topic are integrated throughout the new kff.org.
To view the new website, click here.
IAS-USA CME Course – Management of Hepatitis C Virus in the New Era: Small Molecules Bring Big ChangesPosted: April 29th, 2013 By: Michelle Kipper
This course will take place on June 4, 2013 from 8:00 AM – 3:50 AM
The IAS-USA full-day hepatitis C virus (HCV) CME courses are designed for physicians and health care practitioners who are actively involved in, or who plan to be actively involved in, the medical care of patients with HCV. With a faculty of internationally-respected experts, an agenda covering the most current HCV issues and treatment strategies, and a balance of didactic presentations and interactive, case-based discussions, this course is a comprehensive and cost-effective educational event.
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To register, click here.