January 16, 2013

Posted January 2013

Here is important information from the Office of the Medical Director (OMD) AIDS Institute:

REMINDER: YOU CAN STILL VACCINATE YOUR PATIENTS AS FLU SURGES IN NEW YORK – People with HIV/AIDS are considered at increased risk for serious influenza-related complications and should receive a flu shot. The nasal spray vaccine is not safe for people with HIV. To read more click here.

Save The Date: February 11th 2013 HIV Mental Health Conference at New York State Psychiatric Institute – Free training for primary care and mental health providers working with HIV Patients in New York State – click here to register.

Medicaid Managed Care Pharmacy Update – DOH has launched a Pharmacy Benefit Information Center. When specific patient issues arise, providers can e-mail PPNO or call the pharmacy line at 1-518-486-3209. Be prepared to share patient specific information including Medicaid Client ID & name of health plan for follow-up.

Head and Neck Exams are essential and save Lives! “Check up” on your skills by watching this short video – Every medical provider has the potential to positively impact their patients’ health by performing this simple yet valuable exam.

NQF Endorses HIV Measures – The National Quality Forum has endorsed HIV measures as part of a Infectious Disease measures package. Three of the four measures are based on the in+care Campaign and one of those is used in NY Links.