Monday, December 11, 2017

OCMA Blog

Updated Ebola Guidance from the OC Health Care Agency

The Ebola epidemic of West Africa has led to 13268 cases as of November 7, with 8168 confirmed cases and 4960 deaths. The epidemic seems likely to continue for at least the next several months. There still have been no suspect Ebola cases in Orange County.

To date, there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in California.
 The Orange County Health Care Agency will be monitoring persons returning from countries with widespread Ebola virus transmission (currently Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) or who have had contact with a confirmed Ebola case within the previous 21 days.  The risk of Ebola in the U.S. remains low, and the risk of a symptomatic (infectious) patient that we are not following presenting unannounced for health care is even lower, but something we all continue to prepare for.  The following recently released documents may be of assistance to you in your preparations:

1)      Algorithm for Ambulatory Care Evaluation of Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease – CDC document, modified by OCHCA with Orange County contact information (attached)

2)      Algorithm for Emergency Department Evaluation and Management of Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ed-algorithm-management-patients-possible-ebola.pdf 

3)      Web-based training- Guidance for Donning and Doffing PPE during Management of Patients with Ebola in US Hospitals:  http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ppe-training/index.html 

Traveler Assessment
Travelers coming from a country experiencing widespread Ebola disease will be assessed upon arrival to one of five airports in the United States. Information about the traveler will be passed on to local public health departments. The Orange County Health Care Agency will monitor any such travelers in our county daily to assess for symptoms. A hospital will be pre-designated for each of these travelers, based on factors such as a patient’s insurance type and proximity to a facility. That facility will be contacted ahead of time, to assure that the patient receives prompt care if needed. However, it is not certain that this system will identify all travelers from the affected areas, so area hospitals need to be prepared in the event that a suspect case arrives at their facility without prior warning.

Healthcare providers should assess all patients for a history of travel to countries experiencing widespread Ebola disease, which includes Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia at this point. Providers should report any suspect Ebola cases to the Orange County Health Care Agency immediately at 714-834-8180 during regular hours, or 714-628-7008 after hours.

All Orange County hospitals need to prepare to isolate and evaluate a potential Ebola patient.

There is no designated Ebola hospital in Orange County. University of California-Irvine Medical Center has indicated that it will accept one confirmed Ebola case. However, suspect cases identified at a different hospital will need to be cared for at that facility until the case is confirmed, which may take from 24-72 hours. For suspect cases that present to an outpatient clinical setting not associated with a hospital, Orange County Public Health will facilitate transfer of the patient to the closest appropriate facility.

Orange County Health Care Agency can assist with testing a patient for possible Ebola disease.

The test of choice for Ebola is serum PCR. Tests can be falsely negative if performed in the first three days of illness. Patients who test serum PCR negative but have a clinical and exposure history consistent with Ebola may need repeat testing performed. This test is currently performed at selected public health laboratories.

For more information, see http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/ebola . For healthcare worker recommendations, see www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html. A hospital checklist for Ebola preparedness can be found at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

If you have any comments or questions or would like to be added to the distribution list, please email us at epi@ochca.com 

HCA/Epidemiology & Assessment
1719 W. 17th St., Bldg. C/79
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(P) 714-834-8180
(F) 714-834-8196


Orange County Public Healthcare Update: OC In+Care Newsletter


OC In+Care: A newsletter for providers serving people living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County


How does ACA affect patients? 

 
There are three ways in which ACA may affect people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A). 
 
1) ACA will not impact your patient if they:

  • Would like to keep their current private insurance plan
  • Have employer-based insurance
  • Are receiving Ryan White medical care and ineligible for ACA
  • Are CalOptima (Medi-Cal in Orange County) or Medicare patients

2) ACA offers an opportunity for Individuals living with HIV/AIDS to quality for CalOptima coverage based on Federal Poverty Level (FPL) which is about $15,000 per year for one person.

  • Individuals who are legal residents with income below 138% FPL.
  • Patients who are currently on Medical Services Initiative (MSI) will be automatically enrolled into CalOptima for individuals below 138% FPL.

3) ACA requires that your patient purchase insurance and enroll in the health insurance exchange through Covered California if the individual is above 138% of the FPL. Depending on the individual, financial assistance such as: subsidies, health insurance premium payment, and/or waivers may be available. 

For patients who do not qualify for private health insurance, Medi-Cal, or will receive services not covered by their current coverage, they may be eligible for the federally-funded Ryan White program. This program offers medical, supportive services, and medication assistance for individuals who have no other source of paying for care services.

Covered California Enrollment Locations- Orange County
 
AIDS Services Foundation- (949) 809-5781 -Sky Park Circle, Irvine
 
AltaMed- (877) 462-2582 - S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana 
 
APAIT Health Center- (714) 636-1349 - Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove 
 
Delhi Community Center- (714) 481-9600 - E. Central Ave., Santa Ana 
 
The Center OC- (714) 953-5428 ext. 336- N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana

Covered California
 
For patients who are interested in health insurance options other than their current plan, or their income puts them above the 138% FPL, they will have to apply through the health insurance exchange. In California, this is called Covered California.

Multiple locations in Orange County have enrollment workers who can help patients enroll in appropriate health coverage; whether it is into private insurance or Medi-Cal. Individuals can also visit the Covered California website at www.coveredca.com..

Subsidies may be available to patients who have enrolled in a Covered California approved plan.

Office of AIDS-Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA-HIPP)

OA-HIPP is a program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and need assistance in payments for health insurance premiums. Individuals above 138% FPL who qualify for AIDS Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP), may also qualify to receive assistance with premiums. For more information on OA-HIPP, visit: www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/aids/Pages/tOAHIPPindiv.aspx

Important Reminders 

  • If the patient currently has ADAP or Ryan White coverage, s/he will be screened at their eligibility appointment for all programs s/he may be eligible. 
  • Patients should be reminded to attend their eligibility appointment.
  • If the patient has a case manager or a care coordinator, they can assist the patient in addressing questions regarding ACA.
  • Enrollment varies depending on coverage.
  • If patient is eligible for Medi-Cal, enrollment began October 1, 2013. Coverage will begin January 1, 2014, but patients can apply at any time.
  • If the patient is above 138% FPL and is eligible for a Qualified Health Plan through Covered California, enrollment began October 1, 2013 and ends March 31, 2014. Open enrollment is between October through December thereafter.
  • Remind clients to open and read their mail as important information regarding health coverage is being disseminated via mail.


Covered California Affordable Care Act Resources


Health Care Reform and YOU!

 
HIV Health Reform: www.hivhealthreform.org/ 
 
Greater Than AIDS 
www.greaterthan.org/campaign/obamacare/ 
 
Please visit Orange County Health Care Agency's website for important up-to-date resources on the Affordable Care Act: www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/hiv/libehiv/aca


OC In+Care is a project of the Orange County HIV Quality Management Committee. The HIV Quality Management Committee works to increase the quality of Ryan White services. For more information about the committee, please call (714) 834-8711.
 
If you have feedback or topic suggestions for future newsletters, please contact Mindy He at Mhe@ochca.com

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