NASTAD Launches Health Systems Integration Program to Assist Health Departments with Developing Sustainable HIV, Hepatitis and Drug User Health Programs
October 20, 2015
October 20, 2015
The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) announced the formation of its Health Systems Integration (HSI) team. As the nation continues to tackle a massive renovation of its health care and public health systems, NASTAD’s HSI team will work to ensure that state HIV and viral hepatitis programs are maximizing new partnerships and remain well-positioned to deliver the best possible services.
“We are at a critical point in time where we are experiencing the most far-reaching transformation in our nation’s health care system in the last 50 years,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Murray Penner. “And we need delivery approaches, partnerships and revenue streams that align with this transformation and that sustain services, improve outcomes for people living with and at risk for HIV and hepatitis C infection and reduce the cost of health care.”
This new program expands upon NASTAD’s work to help state and territorial HIV and viral hepatitis programs maximize financing and coverage opportunities in a rapidly evolving public health landscape. The HSI program has evolved out of NASTAD’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) work, and in addition to continued ACA implementation, includes a range of sustainability and payment and delivery reform activities and focus areas. The HSI team will support the efforts of health departments on four priority fronts:
“Health departments offer significant value to other health systems regarding the effective management of populations living with HIV and/or HCV,” commented Amy Killelea, Director of NASTAD’s new Health Systems Integration team. “Building upon NASTAD’s work supporting states with ACA implementation, health system transformation and payment delivery reform activities, our new HSI team will work to bridge public health and health care systems to ensure that all systems and payers are effective partners in ending the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics.”