While the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been integral in increasing the number of individuals with HIV who are engaged in treatment, not all patients are able to access appropriate care. Many patients with HIV are not linked with appropriate care and do not receive antiretroviral therapy; thus, they fail to achieve the viral suppression necessary to maintain long-term health and reduce HIV transmissibility. Low-income patients with HIV are particularly unlikely to receive care and life-saving HIV medications, despite the fact that they have significantly higher HIV-related mortality.
To be able to make informed decisions relevant to the provision of adequate healthcare to patients living with HIV/AIDS, and ensure that these individuals receive sustainable access to affordable medications, managed care health professionals require focused, in-depth education. In this audio discussion, Frank Romanelli, PharmD, and Richard Elion, MD, will discuss the current state of managed care in HIV treatment, and how managed care pharmacists, medical directors, and other providers can best serve patients with HIV in a rapidly changing health care landscape.