Ryan White Program
About the Ryan White Part A HIV/AIDS Program
The Baltimore Ryan White Part A Program works with Baltimore City and six surrounding counties (Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, and Queen Annes) to provide HIV-related services to more than 10,000 people each year. The program is for those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources for coping with HIV disease. Ryan White fills gaps in care not covered by insurance. Part A funds may be used to provide core medical and support services for people living with HIV disease. Baltimore EMA funds the following medical services:
Core medical services include:
- Outpatient and ambulatory medical care
- Oral health
- Health insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for low-income individuals
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Hospice services
- Mental health services
- Substance abuse outpatient care
- Medical case management, including treatment adherence services.
Support services include:
- Medical transportation
- Substance abuse residential
- Child care and
- Food bank services.
The Baltimore EMA Planning Council
The Planning Council sets the service priorities and allocates Part A funds based on the needs of people living with or affected by HIV, with particular focus on individuals who know their HIV status but are not in care. The Planning Council membership reflects the local epidemic, 33% of members are consumers of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services.
The Planning Council’s website can be accessed here.
Clinical Quality Management Program
Each year the Ryan White Clinical Quality Management (CQM) program conducts chart reviews of Part A funded agencies according to the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council Standards of Care. The fiscal year (FY) 2013 review cycle assessed compliance to the standards of care in the following service categories: Primary Medical Care, Medical Case Management (including Treatment Adherence), Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Bank (including Emergency Financial Assistance), and Legal. Chart abstraction findings for each category are found below.
The links below provide further information on the various Clinical Quality Management service categories and other related resources:
- Primary Medical Care
- Medical Case Management
- Medical Nutrition Therapy and Food Bank (including EFA)
- Legal Services
- Housing Services
- Health Insurance Premiums and Cost Sharing
- Medical Transportation
- Non-Medical Case Management
- Oral Health Services
- Psychosocial Services
- Substance Abuse Treatment - Residential
- Substance Abuse treatment - Outpatient
- Mental Health Services
- Outreach Services
Clinical Quality Management Resources:
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