The program is a prototype for HIV care that could be adopted nationally in the next few years, according to John G. Bartlett, director of the division of infectious diseases.
Hopkins will announce details of the program, called "Moore Options," at a press briefing Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Room 2140.
Under capitation, Hopkins will receive a preset fee per month from its managed care partners to cover all medical care for patients in Moore Options. Hopkins will assume the financial risk for care that exceeds the amount per person paid by the state Medicaid program.
Moore Options is named for the Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins, an outpatient infectious disease treatment facility, which was named in honor of Joseph Earle Moore, M.D. Moore, an authority on syphilis, ran an outpatient treatment and research clnic at Hopkins from 1929 to 1954.
The AIDS care program initially will be available through Priority Partners, which is Hopkins' Medicaid Managed Care Organization, and Chesapeake Family First, United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic's medical assistance program.
"Moore Options is a dramatically new concept in capitation, but it makes sense in the case of AIDS," says Bartlett. "It represents a logical evolution for the Johns Hopkins AIDS Care Program, which was established in 1983. Unlike other capitation programs, we use AIDS specialists as primary care providers and coordinators for all sub-specialty care required by the patients."
It is especially important for AIDS patients because such patients
usually have complex problems that are most effectively managed by experienced
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