Linkage to Care

General Information

The Georgia Department of Public Health has several initiatives aimed at promoting improved linkage, engagement, and retention in care:

Improved Linkages
In order to better capture HIV linkages taking place through testing, The Office of HIV/AIDS has increased its training efforts to facilitate the proper completion of state testing forms. The HIV Testing and Counseling Webinar provides tutorials intended to demonstrate the proper documentation of patient demographics, risk behavior, testing technology, and testing results; as well as linkage to medical care and HIV incidence/ART medication use for all confirmed positives.
Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Resource Hub
The CAPUS Resource Hub is a new tool which facilitates linkage to HIV/AIDS care and social services statewide. Components of the hub include a Ryan White Eligibility Portal (which includes a perinatal HIV case management screening feature), Mapping and Testing tool, a Resource Directory, and a Medical Information page. This centralized entity leverages existing resources and expands the treatment, testing, and prevention capabilities of Georgia organizations within the HIV/AIDS realm.
Corrections Linkages
Each year, roughly 300 HIV positive inmates are released from prison. In order to link them to critical medical and social services, The Office of HIV/AIDS works closely with The Department of Corrections to provide pre-release case management services. For more information about pre-release services please contact Chayne Rensi, Pre-Release Planning Program Manager at 762-435-9041.
Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Linkage Case Management (ALCM)
ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ALCM is based on the Strengths-Based Case Management model. This model encourages the client to identify and use personal strengths; create goals for him/herself; and establish an effective, working relationship with the ALCM. This model also views the community as a resource for the client; client sessions can take place either inside/outside of the office. Currently, ARTAS Linkage Case Managers are funded through the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) and Georgia's Test-Link-Care Program.
Test-Link-Care Network/ Minority AIDS Initiative  (MAI)
The purpose of the Test Link Care Network model is to identify and promptly link to care persons who are living with HIV but not receiving care, including those who are unaware of, as well as those who are aware of their HIV positive status. The model also strives to improve patient retention in HIV primary care through improved inter-organization collaborations. Collectively, there are 13 ARTAS Linkage Case Managers in 10 public health districts throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan Area and the state of Georgia.

Resources for Providers

Giving HIV Test Results
Providing an HIV test
result can be difficult.
The following
helps healthcare providers
become morecomfortable
with and proficient at
giving HIV test results.
HIV Billing & Reimbursement Guide
The HIV billing and reimbursement  manual provides a coding guide for routine HIV testing in health care settings.
HIV Testing Cost Calculator
This basic cost calculator is designed to estimate revenue and expenses for HIV screening or testing. Fill in each section of the chart according to the instructions to estimate monthly costs, monthly revenue and the average gain or loss for each test performed.
Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report makes recommendations for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, which are intended for all health-care providers in the public and private sectors, including those working in hospital emergency departments, urgent care clinics, inpatient services, substance abuse treatment clinics, public health clinics, community clinics, correctional health-care facilities, and primary care settings. The recommendations address HIV testing in health-care settings only:
Adult/Pediatric HIV Confidential Case Report Form    
Georgia statute identifies HIV and AIDS as disease of public health importance and requires both health care
providers and laboratories to report new cases and subsequent lab tests of  HIV and AIDS within 7 days.
Use the following forms and instructions  to report your cases:
All completed forms should be mailed to the Georgia Division of Public Health (and electronic ACRF will be available on SENDSS in 2014). Please do NOT write HIV or AIDS on the envelope. Results must be double enveloped and addressed to:
Georgia Division of Public Health, Epi Section
P.O. Box 2107
Atlanta, GA 30301

(Please Do NOT Write HIV or AIDS on Envelope)

Resources for Linkage Case Managers

The following resources can assist linkage case managers with their respective ARTAS and general linkage efforts:
ARTAS Linkage Forms
General Linkage Forms
Related Resources

Resource Directories

For More Information:

Office of HIV/AIDS
Attn: Zenora Sanders
Statewide Linkage Coordinator