Program Will Help HIV/AIDS Patients

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Florida's 7,500 Medicaid recipients who have HIV or AIDS will have access to better disease management information once a new program is implemented.

The state's Agency for Health Care Administration and Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation have created Positive Healthcare/Florida, a program that will begin in September.

When it is operational, the program will be the largest HIV/AIDS disease management program in the nation, according to the health care administration.

The program will provide disease management services, including education and treatment recommendations; provide primary care doctors with AIDS treatment guidelines; and offer continuing education to doctors and health care workers on updated AIDS and HIV treatments.

About 700 AIDS patients in Northeast Florida will be the first participants. AIDS patients will be automatically enrolled in the program but may opt out within the first 30 days.

The program will grow gradually and after 11 months, should cover about 7,500 people in 65 Florida counties.

Positive Healthcare/Florida was approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Financing Administration.

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