What is a HIV/AIDS Center of Excellence?
In 1996, a statewide coalition of individuals, agencies and organizations involved in the medical care and support of HIV/AIDS patients was formed. Meetings began early in 1997. A goal of the coalition activity was to create a statewide standard for optimal care of HIV/AIDS patients. This involved recognition of certain sites where a superior level of care was already available (Centers of Excellence). Also established was a method to determine what comprises optimal care.
These activities resulted in a framework attractive to and supported by not only patients, but also by various insurance entities and other organizations that are involved with these patients.
The Center of Excellence project is a standardized and coordinated delivery system encompassing a comprehensive range of services needed by individuals or families with HIV disease to meet their healthcare and psychological needs throughout all stages of the illness.
The State of Tennessee provides HIV drug assistance, medical services and insurance assistance for eligible Tennessee residents. To be eligible for coverage by the Ryan White Part B Medical Services Program, the Insurance Assistance Program, and the HIV Drug Assistance Program, a recipient must meet the program criteria and then see a Medical Case Manager.
The East Tennesee State University HIV/AIDS Center of Excellence is the clinical arm of the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease, and Immunity at Quillen College of Medicine. In this capacity, the COE also provides avenues for research and interprofessional education.
For a current listing of program criteria, please visit https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/std/std/ryanwhite.html.