With funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors), in partnership with AcademyHealth and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), will serve as the System Coordination Provider (SCP) under the HRSA’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) funding opportunity, Building Capacity to Improve Viral Suppression Data in Medicaid.
Over the course of the project, the project team will form a HIV quality data collaborative (HQDC) of 10 states, each represented by their HIV surveillance programs, Medicaid programs, and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B recipients. The HQDC will develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to improve high-quality HIV viral load suppression (HVL-AD) measure collection and reporting to CMS as part of the Adult Core Set, and promote the dissemination and replication of effective strategies. Specifically, this project will work with Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
The four-year project has three primary goals:
- Goal 1: Build capacity. Work with 10 states in the HQDC to improve reporting of high-quality HIV viral suppression data to Medicaid;
- Goal 2: Evaluate the collaborative. Conduct a multi-site evaluation to assess the effectiveness of states’ implemented activities to improve annual reporting of the HVL-AD measure to CMS; and
- Goal 3: Disseminate and replicate innovative, sustainable strategies. Work with participating states and HRSA to disseminate and promote the replication of findings and lessons learned beyond the collaborative.