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Topic: Outpatient Medical Care

Outpatient/ambulatory medical care includes the provision of professional diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered by a physician, physician‘s assistant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, or other health care professional who is certified in his or her jurisdiction to prescribe antiretroviral (ARV) therapy in an outpatient setting. These settings include clinics, medical offices, and mobile vans where clients generally do not stay overnight. Emergency room services are not considered outpatient settings.

Services include diagnostic testing, early intervention and risk assessment, preventive care and screening, practitioner examination, medical history taking, diagnosis and treatment of common physical and mental conditions, prescribing and managing medication therapy, education and counseling on health issues, well-baby care, continuing care and management of chronic conditions, and referral to and provision of specialty care (includes all medical subspecialties). Primary medical care for the treatment of HIV infection includes the provision of care that is consistent with the PHS‘s guidelines. Such care must include access to ARV and other drug therapies, including prophylaxis and treatment of opportunistic infections and combination ARV therapies.

Early Intervention Services provided by Ryan White Parts C and D programs are reported under outpatient/ambulatory medical care.

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  • National Center for Innovation in HIV Care
    September 2015
    This webinar discusses the role primary care can play in HCV screening and management, reviews current recommendations for treatment in HCV mono-infected and HCV-HIV co-infected individuals, and addresses how to overcome challenges of integrating HCV into health centers and other primary care settings. 

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  • New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute
    September 2015

    HIV guidelines, quality of care, clinical education, resources, policies and publications.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    January 2015

    infoSIDA ofrece acceso a información actualizada en español sobre el tratamiento de la infección por el VIH/SIDA y ensayos clínicos desarrollados específicamente para las comunidades afectadas por dicha infección y para otras comunidades de atención de salud.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    August 2014

    AIDSinfo is the official home to all U.S. HIV-related treatment guidelines. The site also includes a HIV/AIDS health topics database and fact sheets on FDA-approved and investigational HIV/AIDS-related drugs, educational materials for consumers and providers, and a clinical trials database.