Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Updates Spanish Language Fact Sheet
The fact sheet, El VIH en los Latinos, provides details on the impact of the epidemic on the Latino community and presents CDC efforts to address HIV in this community
2011 CDC/DHAP HIV Funding Awards by State and Dependent Area
This CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) webpage provides details on Fiscal Year 2011 HIV prevention funding, a total of $515,095,625. Funding is broken down by State and Territory.
New CDC Report on HIV/AIDS among Adolescents and Young Adults in the U.S.
Febrary 9, 2012: Recent surveillance data show that young persons in the United States are markedly affected by HIV.
CDC Releases Estimates of New HIV Infections in the US
August 3, 2011: CDC has released the first multi-year estimates from its national HIV incidence surveillance for the years 2006 through 2009. The analysis found that while the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States was relatively stable at approximately 50,000, HIV infections increased among young men who have sex with men (MSM) between 2006 and 2009, with significant increases among young, black MSM...
New multi-year data show annual HIV infections in U.S. relatively stable: Alarming increase among young, black gay and bisexual men requires urgent action
August 3, 2011: The CDC’s first multi-year estimates from its national HIV incidence surveillance find that overall, the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States was relatively stable at approximately 50,000 new infections each year between 2006 and 2009. However, HIV infections increased...
HIV-2 Infection Surveillance --- United States, 1987--2009
July 29, 2011: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is categorized into two types, HIV-1 and HIV-2. Worldwide, most HIV infections are HIV-1, whereas HIV-2 largely has been confined to persons in or from West Africa (1,2). HIV-1 and HIV-2 have the same routes of transmission, and both can cause acquired...
Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex with Men --- New York City, 2005--2010
July 22, 2011: In the United States, an estimated 3.2 million persons are living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (1). HCV transmission occurs primarily through percutaneous exposure to blood, and persons who inject drugs are at greatest risk for infection. The role of sexual transmission of HCV has...
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Medicare covers screening and counseling for alcohol misuse and screening for depression
October 14, 2011: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced two new national coverage determinations that cover alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling for Medicare beneficiaries as well as screening for depression...
Comprehensive Primary Care initiative launched today to use multi-payer approach to strengthen primary care
September 28, 2011: The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation released its request today for applications for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. This initiative from the CMS Innovation Center will help primary care practices deliver higher quality, better coordinated, and more...
Medicare Payment Rule Promotes Improved Inpatient Care: Final rule strengthens tie between payment and quality improvement, and will lead to lower costs
August 1, 2011: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that will update Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals in fiscal year (FY) 2012. The final rule, which will affect Medicare payments to general acute care hospitals and long-term care hospitals for inpatient stays...
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
New HIV Performance Measure Module: Now Open
March 8, 2012: HRSA/HAB’s new HIV Performance Measure Module (PMM) is open for the first data submission from March 1-31. The PMM is a reporting tool in the existing Ryan White Services Report (RSR) online database that allows providers to enter aggregate data on the HAB Clinical Performance Measures (records reviewed, numerator, and denominator) on a voluntary basis. Grantees and providers will be able to obtain reports that compare their performance regionally and nationally. The database will only be able to compare performance with those providers that submit data in the database.
Access the webcast on the PMM on the TARGET Center.
Dr. Parham Hopson Blogs on HIV and Aging
March 8, 2012: In 2008, 44 percent of the Ryan White Program’s clients were 45-64 years of age—a 15 percent increase since 2002. Across the country, Ryan White grantees are tailoring their services to respond to the needs of older consumers. In a new blog posting on AIDS.gov, Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, HRSA’s Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS, discusses HRSA/HAB’s efforts to support grantees as they respond to these needs...
in+care National Quality Campaign Launched to Improve Retention in HIV Care
HRSA/HAB is sponsoring a national quality improvement initiative, called the in+care Campaign, which is designed to improve outcomes in retention in HIV care. This free and voluntary Campaign is managed by the National Quality Center (NQC). The goal of the Campaign is to facilitate local, regional, and State-level quality-related efforts on a specific topic while building and sustaining a community of learners among Ryan White grantees and sub-grantees...
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Updated Fact Sheets on HIV and Pregnancy
March 8, 2012: AIDSinfo has updated its fact sheet series on HIV and pregnancy. These fact sheets are intended for women infected with HIV who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant and are based on the latest version of the Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States.
NIH Launches New Website on Clinical Trial
March 8, 2012: A new National Institutes of Health Website offers the general public and health professionals information and resources about clinical trials. The Website includes basic information about clinical trials, first-hand accounts from clinical trial participants and researchers, and information on how to find and participate in clinical trials. The Website also includes educational materials in Spanish. Featured resources for health care providers include promotional materials to raise awareness of clinical trials and tips on how to speak to patients about research trials.
Updated HHS Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines
Updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric Infection have been released. Updates include revised recommendation on when to start antiretroviral therapy, what drugs to start, and new sections on CNS toxicity, GI effects, nephrotoxicity, and peripheral nervous system toxicity. Key updates and new information included in the guidelines are prefaced in the “What’s New in the Pediatric Guidelines?” section. Additions and revisions are also highlighted in yellow throughout the text and tables of the guidelines...
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
New SAMHSA Resource on Viral Hepatitis
March 8 2012: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders. The new TIP is designed to assist behavioral health professionals who treat people with substance abuse problems to understand viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment and how these issues can be integrated into substance abuse treatment programs to better address the needs of their clients who are at risk for or infected with viral hepatitis. This document is written using everyday language and includes visual aids that help to explain many of the technical aspects of hepatitis B and hepatitis C disease progression, testing, and treatment.
SAMHSA Launches Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS Web PageThe new page highlights the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) work to ensure that individuals who are at high risk for or have a mental and/or substance use disorder and who are most at risk for or are living with HIV/AIDS have access to and receive appropriate behavioral health services (including prevention and treatment), HIV/AIDS care, and medical treatment. The page also features training and technical assistance as well as grants and other information resources available from SAMHSA...
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA Funding for Research Studies of Drug Use Prevention, Addiction Treatment, and HIV:
Applications Due August 22
This National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications for Phased Innovation (R21/R33) research projects to conduct rigorous, objective services research to monitor and examine changes in drug use prevention, addiction treatment, and associated HIV and viral hepatitis services, which may occur as a result of health care reform. Applicants may examine the impact of health care reform on drug use prevention services alone, addiction treatment services alone, or on both prevention and treatment domains. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to include special attention to the effect of health care reform on some element of HIV prevention or HIV/AIDS treatment services for drug-involved populations. Applications addressing HIV services will be given priority consideration for funding.
The timing of this FOA allows for collection of baseline data and conducting research through the early stage of health care reform implementation. States, systems, and provider agencies have begun taking preliminary steps toward implementing reforms scheduled in 2014. This pre-implementation activity varies across states and health care sectors and may itself be an important consideration in the design of applications in response to this FOA. At the same time, however, NIDA recognizes that there is the possibility that provisions of the legislation may not remain unchanged through their intended implementation date or beyond. The current unprecedented era of state and Federal budget cutbacks suggests that meaningful changes in health care delivery are likely to emerge regardless of the ultimate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and this should be considered in study designs. Applicants are encouraged to design studies that can be adapted in response to unanticipated changes in Affordable Care Act, other elements of health care reform, or the broader economic climate in which prevention, treatment, and HIV services are delivered.
Applications are due August 22.
For more information and the application.