Best practices toolkit for health care organizations
WASHINGTON - Kaiser Permanente announced on Jan. 26, 2012 the
Kaiser Permanente HIV Challenge to help health care providers nationwide improve health equity for people living with HIV by increasing
access to HIV care and improving health outcomes.
Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest nonprofit health care provider, has treated more than 60,000 people since the HIV epidemic emerged
30 years ago, and has reduced disparities among its current HIV population of more than 20,000 people by working to meet or exceed the
objectives of the U.S. National
HIV/AIDS Strategy .
The crux of the HIV Challenge ( kp.org/hivchallenge ) is to challenge
other private health care 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, provider and patient education materials,
mentoring, training and health IT expertise.
HIV is still an epidemic in the United States, with 56,000 people becoming infected each year and more than 1.1 million Americans
living with HIV, but one in five people with HIV don't know they are infected.
"The organizations presenting challenges here today are pushing the best minds in the country to create a better health care system.
They represent exciting solutions to help address some of the nation's most urgent health needs," said CMS Acting
Administrator Marilyn Tavenner .
Health care disparities are gaps in the quality of care associated with inequities encountered by racial, ethnic, poor and marginalized
groups. The HIV Challenge is part of Kaiser Permanente's larger work to identify, measure, research and eliminate disparities in health
and health care in the United States. To learn more go to kp.org/healthdisparities .
"Too many people are unaware they have HIV because access to effective prevention and care is insufficient,"
said Michael Horberg , MD, 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. Patients on effective therapy and
better case management are living longer and more productive lives. However, quality HIV treatment requires effort."
Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated excellence in HIV clinical care outcomes with:
HIV mortality rates that are half the national average
94 percent median treatment adherence among patients regularly in care and on antiretroviral therapy
No disparities among its black and Latino HIV-positive patients for both mortality and medication rates, compared to a 15 percent higher rate in the United States for mortality and for medication
89 percent of its HIV-positive patients are in HIV-specific care within 90 days, compared to 50 percent in the U.S. within one year
69 percent of all its HIV-positive patients have maximal viral control compared to 19 percent to 35 percent nationally
As part of its HIV Challenge effort, Kaiser Permanente is sharing these best practices and tools for private health care providers
and community health clinics to replicate: quality improvement programs that measure gaps in care; testing, prevention and treatment
guidelines; how to set up multi-disciplinary care team models that emphasize the "medical home" so
HIV specialists, care managers, clinical pharmacists and providers work together; and education for both the provider and patient.
For more details on the HIV Challenge, to download the best-practices toolkit and to watch videos of success stories in setting up HIV
clinics and reducing disparities, go to: kp.org/hivchallenge .
"Our success in the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS results from the excellence of our clinicians, our advanced IT systems,
our integrated delivery system and our effective coordination across specialties," said Robert Pearl , MD,
chief executive officer and executive medical director of The Permanente Medical
Group and Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. "In the same way that we have reduced the chances of our patients dying from
cardiovascular disease and cancer significantly below the national averages, we have achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for our
patients with HIV/AIDS."
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls
for increased testing so that all Americans can know their HIV status, increased access to culturally sensitive prevention messages,
community-targeted prevention and condom and clean needle access. NHAS also calls for improving access to quality HIV care because
HIV medications not only improve individuals' health and extend their life expectancy, they also reduce their risk of transmitting
HIV to others. A recent scientific study found that effectively
treating HIV patients with antiretroviral medications reduces HIV transmission by 96 percent. The study, known as HPTN 052,
found that treating people with antiretroviral drugs before they are symptomatic can reduce the amount of virus in the
blood sufficiently to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV to an uninfected partner.
Published Kaiser Permanente research studies include:
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health
care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health
care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We serve approximately 8.9 million
members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health
and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams
are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease
prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente
is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community
health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter .