Magazine article Drug Topics

Coram Takes on Risk-Sharing of AIDS Patients' Drug Therapy

Magazine article Drug Topics

Coram Takes on Risk-Sharing of AIDS Patients' Drug Therapy

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Is it possible to care for the prescription drug needs of AIDS patients on a risk-sharing basis? That's what home health-care provider Coram Healthcare thinks it can do.

Coram Healthcare, Denver, has entered a three-year agreement with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, to manage drug therapies for AIDS patients who are Medicaid recipients enrolled in Johns Hopkins' Medicaid health maintenance organization, Hopkins Moore Options program.

In February, the HMO began enrolling AIDS patients who are Medicaid recipients residing in the Baltimore area. The HMO manages, on a capitation basis, the total health care of these patients through the services of John Hopkins' Moore Clinic, an AIDScare clinic. The services provided include primary care, hospitalization, home care, and nursing rare_

How many patients Coram will be treating in the program was not yet known at the time of this ren-nrting. but Lawrence Watts. v.p. of corporate communications at Coram, projected that the number could reach into the "thousands."

Coram will be managing both the intravenous (IV) and oral medication needs of the HMO-enrolled patients, he said. Prescriptions will be dispensed through the AIDS clinic, the mail, and Coram's network of community pharmacies in the Baltimore area.

One goal of the medication management program will be to help patients effectively use oral medications so that they will not have to resort to IV therapy, he continued. Apart from this program, Coram has been managing the IV therapy of about 3,000 AIDS patients nationwide, he added. …

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