HRSA & NASTAD Program Briefs


The principal objective of this project is to enhance U.S. states’ capacity to improve viral load data collection, quality assurance, and reporting to their local Medicaid agencies. This, in turn, will enable them to conduct enhanced reporting of the aggregate HIV viral load (HVL)-AD measure as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Adult Core Set. Working with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and other partners, CGHPI will integrate data between departments and organizations in this project.

This program builds upon the achievements of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and CDC-led HIV/AIDS Health Improvement Affinity Group (HHIAG). That initiative provided a platform for building relationships between HIV surveillance, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and Medicaid agencies.

This new project will achieve three main goals:

  • Build upon the findings of the HHIAG in order to design and implement tailored programs in up to 10 Ryan White (RW) Part B states to enhance state capacity to reliably report high-quality HVL-AD measure data to CMS for inclusion in the adult core set;
  • Institutionalize a quality improvement practice to address bottlenecks that impede timely and consistent reporting of quality HVL-AD measure data and;
  • Establish a structured process for dissemination of lessons learned and best practices to allow for replication and spread to other states.