United Press International - January 26, 2012
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. healthcare agency in
Washington announced an initiative Thursday intended to expand
healthcare for people with HIV.
The Kaiser Permanente HIV Challenge, announced at the Center for
Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Care Innovations Summit,
challenges other private healthcare providers and public and
community health clinics to increase the number of HIV-positive
people getting effective treatment by sharing Kaiser Permanente's
toolkit of clinical best practices.
Kaiser Permanente offered provider and patient education
materials, mentoring, training and health Internet Technology
"The organizations presenting challenges here today are pushing
the best minds in the country to create a better healthcare
system," Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator for the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in a statement.
More than 1.1 million Americans live with HIV, and 56,000 people
in the United States become infected each year, but 1-in-5 with
HIV don't know they are infected, U.S. officials said.
"Too many people are unaware they have HIV because access to
effective prevention and care is insufficient," said Dr. Michael
Horberg, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, executive
director of research for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group,
and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
"People with HIV need to get into treatment because quality HIV
treatment prevents others from getting infected."