On March 26, 2015 WRMA was awarded a new task order by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Evaluation Methods of Part C Fundsproject. With partner The Mission Analytics Group, WRMA’s technical expertise and experience in support of RWHAP positioned the company to secure this new partnership with HRSA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Treatment advances have made it feasible to end new infections while treating HIV as a chronic disease. Given that nearly 1 in 7 individuals are unaware of their HIV infection, and of those aware, only 40% are retained in medical care and 30% are virally suppressed, there is still much work to be done. WRMA recognizes that the RWHAP plays an essential part in addressing these gaps to effectively respond to the HIV epidemic.
The purpose of this project is to address the lack of historical variation in Objective Review Committee scores and subsequent allocations while incorporating a model that addresses the methodological and policy issues noted above. Key goals of the project fall into five areas: (1) To link funding to current indicators of need; (2) To ensure that the limited RHWAP Part C EIS funding is spent on delivering services in geographic areas and to those patients most in need; (3) To ensure that the costs of providing care per patient based on geographic and other healthcare financing issues are factored into the funding awarded to each RWHAP Part C EIS grantee; and (4) To provide incentives for grantees to focus on programmatic results along the HIV CARE Continuum.
Currently, WRMA and the Mission Analytics Group (WRMA-Mission Team) are collaborating on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Part A Supplemental Funding-Feasibility Study of Proposed Framework for Allocation of Funds Responsive to Need for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of HRSA. In addition, the WRMA-Mission Team recently completed the study Understanding and Monitoring the Interrelationships between Funding Streams in Ryan White-Funded Clinics for HRSA. This study was done to understand how RWHAP grantees provide outpatient health care and essential support services to uninsured and underinsured clients as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes the healthcare funding landscape, as this may require changes in the RWHAP.
WRMA is pleased to continue supporting HRSA in efforts to ensure that vulnerable populations living with HIV have access to critical care and other support services to help ensure a high quality of life.