and the District of Columbia still use codes-based HIV
case reporting systems, they could lose millions in federal
Ryan White funding because they've not changed
to names-based systems, The Washington Post reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
considers data from codes-based systems to be
inaccurate, and the agency will be divvying up federal AIDS
funds to regions across the country based on their
number of HIV cases reported through names-based
systems. Regions with codes-based systems will lose
out in millions in funds when their data is not included in
lose up to $26 million in federal funding--about 55%
of its annual grant for HIV testing, counseling,
treatment, and support services. The District of
Columbia also could lose millions in federal grants.
Maryland are considering switching HIV case reporting
systems but only if Congress passes a bill directly stating
that Ryan White funds are to be tied to state data
from names-based systems. The measure was approved by
a house subcommittee and now moves to the house budget
committee for consideration.
D.C., city council is not currently considering any
proposals for a codes-based system, but district health
officials say they are studying the issue.
names-based reporting in Maryland and the District of
Columbia could take as long as three years, health
experts say. (The Advocate)