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Implementing a checklist of security processes

Hello,

As part of our STD AAPPS grant, we have been asked to implement a checklist of processes for insuring confidentiality and security for data to be in place as recommended in the NCHHSTP Guidance. I see on page 45 of the guidance there is a Periodic Assessment Checklist. I'm not sure if we should develop our own based on this or if other jurisdictions have a similar "checklist" of processes already in place.

Thanks!

Alex Goode

alexandra.goode@maryland.gov

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): Webinar 6/20

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): 
Massachusetts and California Experiences    

This presentation will provide an overview of Massachusetts’s and California’s efforts to improve confidentiality protections for EOB forms. Massachusetts will present current policy recommendations and advocacy efforts, while California will discuss the Confidential Health Information Act, which took effect on January 1, 2015. Presenters will give an update on activities to monitor and support the law’s implementation.

How Will This New Guide Assist Your Prevention Work?

Curry International TB Center and the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health have recently published Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians, 3rd Edition. The manual covers major topics on epidemiology, diagnosis, laboratory issues, treatment, medications, pediatrics, co-morbidities, monitoring and case management, adverse reactions and treatment of contacts.

Medical Management of MDR-TB App

USAID and TB CARE II have recently released the Medical Management of MDR-TB App that is compatible with Android smart phones. The free application is based on the 2nd edition of the PIH Guide to the Medical Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis which was published in 2014 and includes the most important reference tables and tools from that guide and places them conveniently at your fingertips.

Latest TB Surveillance Data

CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) recently published Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2014 summarizing data for TB cases in the U.S. reported to DTBE during 2014. A related infographic entitled Take on Tuberculosis (TB) provides a variety of statistics regarding TB in the United States. Download the report and infographic for more information.

Updated Atlas with New Advanced Query, County-Level, Origin of Birth, and 2013 TB Data Available!

The NCHHSTP Atlas is the one stop shop for 10+ years of CDC’s most recent surveillance data on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. The Atlas now offers new first version of an advanced query function that gives you the power to compare two or more diseases, look at data for multiple states or counties, see two or more years of data at the same time, and drill down into the data for important subpopulations. You can also create custom tables to use for planning, reports, presentations, and advocacy.

Treatment of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients

The Florida Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center offers a pocket guide and poster on the treatment of tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS. It is designed to assist clinicians in working with HIV-infected patients who have latent TB infection or active tuberculosis. Download the guide for easy reference.

Homelessness and TB Toolkit

The new Homelessness and TB Toolkit from the Curry International TB Center is designed to assist public health programs and homeless service agencies with TB control among people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit contains guidelines, forms, signs, educational materials, and other resources collected from many North American sources. Some of the materials are templates that can be modified for a particular program’s needs. Get the toolkit

Technology Use for Directly Observed Therapy?

Technology advances offer new approaches to directly observed therapy (DOT). The National Tuberculosis Controller Association’s recent conference included a poster presentation track on uses of technology for directly observed therapy/alternative models of DOT. There were posters on wirelessly observed therapy and smartphone-based DOT. There is currently a clinical trial on Wirelessly Observed Therapy in Comparison to Directly Observed Therapy for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. Have you considered new technology for DOT?

“What You Need to Know about Tuberculosis” Patient Education Resource

The Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute has a portable patient education flipbook for TB program staff to provide individual or small group education. It uses basic text and images to emphasize key information on TB testing, TB infection, and TB disease. Order the flipbook or download below.

Implementing a checklist of security processes

Hello,

As part of our STD AAPPS grant, we have been asked to implement a checklist of processes for insuring confidentiality and security for data to be in place as recommended in the NCHHSTP Guidance. I see on page 45 of the guidance there is a Periodic Assessment Checklist. I'm not sure if we should develop our own based on this or if other jurisdictions have a similar "checklist" of processes already in place.

Thanks!

Alex Goode

alexandra.goode@maryland.gov

How Will This New Guide Assist Your Prevention Work?

Curry International TB Center and the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health have recently published Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: A Survival Guide for Clinicians, 3rd Edition. The manual covers major topics on epidemiology, diagnosis, laboratory issues, treatment, medications, pediatrics, co-morbidities, monitoring and case management, adverse reactions and treatment of contacts.

Medical Management of MDR-TB App

USAID and TB CARE II have recently released the Medical Management of MDR-TB App that is compatible with Android smart phones. The free application is based on the 2nd edition of the PIH Guide to the Medical Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis which was published in 2014 and includes the most important reference tables and tools from that guide and places them conveniently at your fingertips.

Latest TB Surveillance Data

CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) recently published Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2014 summarizing data for TB cases in the U.S. reported to DTBE during 2014. A related infographic entitled Take on Tuberculosis (TB) provides a variety of statistics regarding TB in the United States. Download the report and infographic for more information.

Technology Use for Directly Observed Therapy?

Technology advances offer new approaches to directly observed therapy (DOT). The National Tuberculosis Controller Association’s recent conference included a poster presentation track on uses of technology for directly observed therapy/alternative models of DOT. There were posters on wirelessly observed therapy and smartphone-based DOT. There is currently a clinical trial on Wirelessly Observed Therapy in Comparison to Directly Observed Therapy for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. Have you considered new technology for DOT?

Successful Strategies to Reach the African American Community on TB?

Blacks in the United States have a disproportionate share of TB, accounting for 23% of all people reported with TB in 2011 according to CDC data outlined in the “Tuberculosis in Blacks” fact sheet. Which strategies has your program found effective in reaching the African American community? How have you collaborated with your HIV prevention colleagues to address TB/HIV co-infection?

Most Effective TB Patient Education Resources?

CDC and the five TB Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers offer TB education resources in various formats, addressing testing, TB disease, contact investigation, medication adherence, and more. Which resources do you turn to most frequently to educate your patients? Are there particular materials you’ve found effective in reaching people with low literacy? Have you developed your own materials? Please share your thoughts and resources in the comments.

Here are several good sources for educational materials:

Tech Tools and Apps for Prevention and Outreach - Your Thoughts?

NPIN just wrapped up the #NPINchat Twitter chat on Tech Tools and Apps for Prevention and Outreach. We talked about CDC's Atlas, online hepatitis assessment tool, TB and STD treatment apps, and the new GetTested.cdc.gov site. The online "recommender tool" provides targeted suggestions for testing and vaccines. Chat participants offered some of the tools they use.

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Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): Webinar 6/20

Confidential Protections for Explanation of Benefits (EOB): 
Massachusetts and California Experiences    

This presentation will provide an overview of Massachusetts’s and California’s efforts to improve confidentiality protections for EOB forms. Massachusetts will present current policy recommendations and advocacy efforts, while California will discuss the Confidential Health Information Act, which took effect on January 1, 2015. Presenters will give an update on activities to monitor and support the law’s implementation.

Updated Atlas with New Advanced Query, County-Level, Origin of Birth, and 2013 TB Data Available!

The NCHHSTP Atlas is the one stop shop for 10+ years of CDC’s most recent surveillance data on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. The Atlas now offers new first version of an advanced query function that gives you the power to compare two or more diseases, look at data for multiple states or counties, see two or more years of data at the same time, and drill down into the data for important subpopulations. You can also create custom tables to use for planning, reports, presentations, and advocacy.

Treatment of Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients

The Florida Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center offers a pocket guide and poster on the treatment of tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS. It is designed to assist clinicians in working with HIV-infected patients who have latent TB infection or active tuberculosis. Download the guide for easy reference.

Homelessness and TB Toolkit

The new Homelessness and TB Toolkit from the Curry International TB Center is designed to assist public health programs and homeless service agencies with TB control among people experiencing homelessness. The toolkit contains guidelines, forms, signs, educational materials, and other resources collected from many North American sources. Some of the materials are templates that can be modified for a particular program’s needs. Get the toolkit

“What You Need to Know about Tuberculosis” Patient Education Resource

The Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute has a portable patient education flipbook for TB program staff to provide individual or small group education. It uses basic text and images to emphasize key information on TB testing, TB infection, and TB disease. Order the flipbook or download below.

Share Your Practices for Addressing Health Disparities

Today’s #NPINChat featured great practices for addressing health disparities among populations at risk for infectious diseases.  Keep sharing here! Ideas: create safe and positive environments for those who might feel stigmatized or be intimidated by going to a clinic, focus on social determinants of health to support populations as a whole and give your entire organization a briefing, and  meet people where they are with realistic interventions.

CDC Strategic Plan for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDs, viral hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) has released its strategic plan through 2020. The plan serves as a blueprint for achieving NCHHSTP’s vision of a future free of HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. Get the full report and executive summary below and see how your work maps to CDC’s priorities. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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