Connecting to Care: How Ryan White Grantees are Engaging Patients with the ACA

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Friday, November 14, 2014

It’s that time of the year again: open enrollment season within the Health Insurance Marketplace!

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees are actively engaged in Affordable Care Act (ACA) activities, connecting patients with health insurance—many for the first time in their lives. The transformative power of health insurance cannot be overstated, particularly for individuals with a chronic disease like HIV and whom often times suffer from a myriad of other health conditions.

Inside the New England AETC HIV Consultation Preceptorship Program: 2014

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Friday, August 8, 2014

The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) has provided opportunities for physicians and nurses to hone their HIV skills for over 27 years. The HIV epidemic now seems to take a backseat to other trending health related crises in the US; Hepatitis C and Opioid overdoses to name two and yet we continue to receive applications from those looking for a chance to learn HIV practice in some world class institutions of Infectious Disease (ID) care.

Mortality Associated with Chronic Comorbidities among HIV-infected Persons in the United States

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has substantially reduced HIV-related morbidity and mortality in the United States. HIV-infected persons today are living healthier and longer lives with expected lifespans near equal to those of uninfected person if the infection is effectively treated [1]. CDC estimates that by year 2020, over half of the HIV-infected persons in the United States will be aged 50 years or older [2].

Health Care Reform and its Impact on People Living with HIV/AIDS - The Massachusetts Experience

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In 2006, Massachusetts passed comprehensive health insurance reform in order to provide almost universal coverage for its residents. In doing so, the state introduced several health care reforms, which have become the foundation for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and made MA the model for the Ryan White Program in a post-health care reform environment. Reforms included an individual mandate, Medicaid expansion, and increased access to subsidized private insurance and resulted in improved health outcomes and reduced health care costs for all residents. 

Tips for Preparing Online Education

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How many times have you dozed off during a conference or webinar? It is easy to lose focus with educational formats that require little or no interaction. When we want to learn something fun and new, what methods do we choose? I bet a lot of us go to YouTube to watch short videos, go to Pinterest for ideas, or we turn to blog sites and other online communities for answers and instructions to tackle tasks. Why should continuing education for healthcare providers be any different?

Using Technology to Promote Engagement in Care

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How many of you are currently reading this blog on your phones? Wait! Don’t answer that. Just the fact that you are reading this and not playing Bejeweled means we are off to a great start. However, if you are using your cell phone to access the internet, you aren’t alone. As of May 2013, 85% of U.S. adults are online, 91% have a cell phone and 56% have a smartphone.[1] Along with increased smartphone ownership, the use of mobile phone applications or ‘apps’ is on the rise.

Getting Started Using the AETC Engagement in Care Toolkit

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In January 2013, the AIDS Education and Training Center National Resource Center (AETC NRC) hosted the training exchange Guidelines for Improving Entry Into and Retention in Care and ARV Adherence for Persons with HIV. This training exchange featured presentations on the latest evidence-based recommendations for improving entry into, retention in care, and medication adherence for persons living with HIV infection.

Improving Engagement and Retention in Care at your Clinic: A CDC Study

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, reducing HIV incidence, and increasing access to care/optimizing outcomes, can be strongly and positively affected by engaging and retaining HIV-infected patients in clinical care. Why has this been so challenging? A glance at the Spectrum of Engagement in Care Cascade shows dramatic decreases from the number of people diagnosed with HIV to those engaged in clinical care, taking antiretroviral therapy, and achieving undetectable viral loads.

Free, Web-Based Tool Saves Time for Case Managers and Clients

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Grantees, providers, and clients alike are all facing daunting challenges of having to “do more with less.” Identifying and utilizing tools that can save time, reduce errors, and provide higher quality care are important strategies for those who care for the most vulnerable and underserved people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

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