• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

Outpatient Ambulatory Medical Care Frequently Asked Questions

Area Question Answer 
Peer Review What should the process include?

Peer review is an evaluation of a person's work or performance by an individual or group of people in the same occupation, profession, or industry.

Use the process that is currently in place if you are employed in a facility that currently conducts peer review (such as a hospital or FQHC). A Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner can consult with an MD; a nurse with a nurse; MD to MD for a peer review. Outside of a peer review, there is really no other way to measure the quality of care; it is important for this to occur. It is important to note that this is more of a consultation, rather than a traditional, formal review that you might encounter in a hospital. It is not meant to be punitive. There is no specific percentage of charts that need to be reviewed. Traditionally it is 10%/year.

Psychosocial Assessment Usually a case manager completes this and not a medical provider HIV Clinical Guidelines April 2013 require that the medical provider perform an initial assessment. If needed the patient can be referred to a case manager. This assessment does not have to be lengthy; it can be a checklist, survey, etc.
Smoking Cessation What defines “smoking cessation counseling”? Clinicians should address the social, financial, and emotional issues surrounding tobacco use, in addition to the health impacts associated with use. Counseling includes talking to the client about quitting smoking. Assess which state of change are they in (pre-contemplation, contemplation, etc.)? Give information appropriate to the stage of change they are in. For example, if they are in contemplation, give information on medication to assist in quitting and education on any other supportive services available to them. There are several resources on counseling/toolkits online; one of which is located at https://www.ashp.org/DocLibrary/Policy/Tobacco/Educational-Kit.aspx

Last updated June 23, 2020