TAMPA, Fla - Clear Health Alliance, a Medicaid plan with a designated specialty for HIV/AIDS, offered by Simply Healthcare Plans, has partnered with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, to provide coordinated, quality care to the HIV/AIDS population in the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida. The new alliance, joining academia and managed care, will work with community providers and grassroots organizations, including the Hillsborough County Health Department (DOH-Hillsborough), to effectively meet the comprehensive and specialized needs of underserved Medicaid patients living with HIV/AIDS.
The extensive network of specialists at the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, will consult with Clear Health Alliance to help guide the integrated treatment of Medicaid patients with HIV/AIDS. USF infectious disease faculty attending physicians will be the primary care physicians for Clear Health Alliance HIV/AIDS patients visiting the DOH-Hillsborough Specialty Care Clinic.
Clear Health Alliance is the first and only Medicaid plan with a designated specialty for HIV/AIDS in the region. The plan’s provider network includes HIV/AIDS trained primary care physicians and specialists. Members also receive “high-touch” service from individually assigned, experienced HIV/AIDS care coordinators who guide them in their medical treatment and provide assistance in meeting many other needs specific to their disease. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, HIV/AIDS advocate and Simply Healthcare investor, has made several visits to Florida meeting with local community based organizations and HIV/AIDS providers in efforts to ensure medical services reach ethnically diverse urban communities with high rates of new cases of HIV/AIDS. “Expanding access to comprehensive quality care for people living with HIV/AIDS will help ensure these patients get tested, know their status, get into treatment and stay in treatment,” said Johnson.