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Understanding Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information

Summary: Today, HHS took an important step toward ensuring that individuals can take advantage of their HIPAA right of access. The HIPAA Privacy Rule has always provided individuals with the right to access and receive a copy of their health information from their doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans.  This right is critical to enabling…

Updated Expert Guidance on the Management of Chronic Hepatitis B Now Available

In November 2015, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) released updated guidelines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection. Developed and disseminated by AASLD, a professional society of scientists and health care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease, the new guidelines are an important tool to support clinical…

Slides Now Available! 2015 APHA Special Session: The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities

In November at the 143rd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, OHAIDP facilitated a special session, “The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis – Hepatitis C Emerging Trends and Disparities.” Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, MPH, the session organizer and moderator, opened the 90-minute Special Epidemiology session and introduced the speakers. Scott Holmberg, MD, MPH, Chief,…

First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients’ health by addressing their social needs

$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and…

New EEOC Publication on HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination

To help educate job applicants and employees living with HIV of their employment non-discrimination rights, late last month the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new publication, “What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination.” The EEOC, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, had committed to developing and disseminating such materials…

Make a Resolution to Learn More about the Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Webinars

The 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period runs until the end of January, and across the country Americans are enrolling in affordable, quality health care coverage. Several upcoming webinars will highlight the open enrollment period and how to engage individuals at risk for and living with HIV, as well as other populations: Affordable Care Act…

HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Releases First Annual Client-Level Data Report

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau released today its inaugural publication of national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) client-level data collected through the Ryan White Services Report (RSR). This dataset is the HIV/AIDS Bureau’s primary source of annual, de-identified data about the people who received services from the nearly 2,000 funding recipients…

“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…