Referral for Health Care and Support Services
|Referral to health care/supportive services||Per referral|
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Description:
Referral for Health Care and Support Services (RFHC) directs a client to needed core medical or support services in person or through telephone, written, or other type of communication. Activities provided under this service category may include referrals to assist HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)-eligible clients to obtain access to other public or private programs for which they may be eligible (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare Part D, State Pharmacy Assistance Programs, Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Patient Assistance Programs, and other state or local health care and supportive services, or health insurance Marketplace plans).
Referrals for health care and support services provided by outpatient/ambulatory health care professionals should be reported under the Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services (OAHS) category.
Referrals for health care and support services provided by case managers (medical and non-medical) should be reported in the appropriate case management service category (e.g., Medical Case Management (MCM) or Non-Medical Case Management (NMCM). If a client who is enrolled in MCM or NMCM receives referral services that are not provided during a case management visit or by the client’s case manager, then these services can be reported under RHCS, provided the service standards for RHCS are met. Recipients should take steps to ensure services are not billed in duplicate across different service categories.
RWHAP Part B and State Services funds can be used to provide transitional social services to establish or reestablish linkages to the community. Case management that links a soon-to-be-released inmate with primary care is an example of appropriate transitional social services. Transitional social services may not exceed 180 days, per DSHS Policy 591.00 Limitations on Ryan White and State Service Funds for Incarcerated Persons in Community Facilities, Section 5.3.
Funds cannot be used to duplicate referral services provided through other service categories.
Referral for Health Care and Support Services includes benefits/entitlement counseling and referral to health care services to assist eligible clients to obtain access to other public and private programs for which they may be eligible.
Benefits counseling services facilitate a client’s access to public/private health and disability benefits and programs. This service category works to maximize public funding by assisting clients in identifying all available health and disability benefits supported by funding streams other RWHAP Part B and/or State Services funds. Clients should be educated about and assisted with accessing and securing all available public and private benefits and entitlement programs.
Health care services provide clients with assistance in accessing medical and support services to improve engagement in the health care system and the HIV continuum of care. Services may include Marketplace plans, health insurance, and medication payment plans or programs. These services focus on assisting a client’s entry into and movement through the care service delivery network such that RWHAP and/or State Services funds are the payer of last resort.
Service providers for Referral for Healthcare and Support Services must follow HRSA/DSHS Universal Standards 1-46 and 178-180.
Service Standards and Measures:
The following standards and measures are guides to improving healthcare outcomes for people living with HIV throughout the State of Texas within the Ryan White Part B and State Services Program.
Benefits Counseling: Activities should be client-centered and facilitate access to and maintenance of health and disability benefits and services. It is the primary responsibility of staff to ensure clients are receiving all needed public and private benefits and resources for which they are eligible. Staff should educate clients about available benefit programs, assess eligibility, assist with applications, provide advocacy with appeals and denials, assist with re-certifications, and provide advocacy in other areas relevant to maintaining these benefits and resources. Staff should assist clients with the following resources, as appropriate:
Staff should assist eligible clients with the completion of the applicable benefits application(s) within 14 business days of the eligibility determination date. After a completed application has been submitted, staff should follow up within 90 days to determine the results of the application and if the client has any additional or ongoing needs.
Health Care Services: Activities should assist clients in accessing health care and support services to support their engagement in the health care system and the HIV continuum of care. Staff should assist eligible clients with referrals to the following, as applicable:
Follow up should be completed for all clients. If a client is given a referral to self-complete, RHCS staff should follow up with the client within 10 business days to determine the outcome and any further assistance needs. If staff assisted the client with scheduling an appoint for a referral at the time of service, RHCS staff should follow up with the client within 10 business days of the scheduled appointment to determine the outcome and any further assistance needs.
Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs, HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) National Monitoring Standards for RWHAP Part A Recipients. Health Resources and Services Administration, June 2022.
Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs, HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) National Monitoring Standards for RWHAP Part B Recipients. Health Resources and Services Administration, June 2022.
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Policy Notice 16-02: Eligible Individuals & Allowable Uses of Funds. Health Resources & Services Administration, 22 Oct. 2018.
Texas Department of State Health Services. 591.000 Limitations on Ryan White and State Services Funds for Incarcerated Persons in Community Facilities. March 2019. Accessed February 9, 2023.