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Evaluation of Enrollment, Dynamics of Care and Patient Outcomes in the NYS Medicaid HIV Special Needs Plans

Information source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Condition(s) targeted: HIV Infections; Mental Health

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Bruce Rapkin, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


The purpose of this study is to find out how people's needs are being met and what people do about problems with treatment, symptoms, substance use, mental health, and social services. We are also interested in finding out about changes that people make in their health care team and the reasons for making those changes.

Clinical Details

Official title: Evaluation of Enrollment, Dynamics of Care and Patient Outcomes in the NYS Medicaid HIV Special Needs Plans

Study design: Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective

Primary outcome: This study makes use of several new assessment approaches designed to provide a more in depth understanding of access to care, changes in care, and patient-reported outcomes.

Detailed description: This is a longitudinal study to examine access to care, perceived quality of life, member satisfaction and patient-reported outcomes among HIV+ adult Medicaid recipients. Special Needs Plans represent a new approach to managed care tailored to patients with complicated medical and psychosocial problems,requiring a high level of service. These plans combine HIV primary and specialty care, mental health services, substance use treatment, care for dependent children and social services into a single comprehensive program that also includes comprehensive case management and other provisions to retain patients in care. Special Needs Plans represent an alternative to both, Medicaid Fee for Service (FFS) and to mainstream Medicaid managed care. Seven different Special Needs Plans will be implemented, serving in New York City and the surrounding suburbs. A separate non-profit corporation administers each SpecialNeeds Plan. Each plan encompasses a network of hospitals, providers, and communitybased organizations. Although all plans offer many of the same basic services, they differ in terms of organization and coordination of care, approaches to case management,specific program enhancements (e. g., patient education, wellness programs, or complementary medicine) and special provisions to meet the needs of subgroups of patients (e. g., women, substance users, young gay men, Latinos). The HIV Special Needs Plans represent an innovation in health service delivery and financing that is being evaluated as a national model for Medicaid service delivery by the federal government, including HRSA and HCFA. This protocol represents a component of that evaluation,from the patients' perspective. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute. As a component of their Quality Management and Improvement Programs, Special Need Plans have agreed to assist with recruitment of participants to this evaluation. We will recruit 120 patients sampled from each of the six plans and follow these patients for initially a year with a possibility of continuing to interview them for up to two years. We will also recruit a sample of 360 current Medicaid fee for service patients to serve as comparison group. This sampling strategy will allow us to examine experiences in care and outcomes for different subgroups of patients within the plans, distinguish the affects of service differences among the plans and compare different plan enrollees to similar patients who remain in the Medicaid FFS program. Our longitudinal design will also permit us to examine prospective influences on comparison group patients' decisions to switch their coverage from Medicaid FFS to Special Needs Plans.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: PWHA must meet the following criteria:

- Medicaid Special Needs Plans or Fee For Service as health insurance at the timeof


- Age 18 years or older

- A current resident of New York State

- Able to respond to interview questions in English or Spanish.

- Express willingness and ability to complete a series of one-hour long interviews

(interviews may be completed over two telephone sessions, if PWHAs prefer)

- Have cognitive and physical capacity to comprehend and complete the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Enrollment onto the study at an earlier site (we may encounter the same PWHA at more

than one FFS recruitment site) • Staff members from Special Needs Plans or FFS Recruitment site determine that it is inadvisable to refer a PWHA to this study for any reason.

Locations and Contacts

Memorial Slaon-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10065, United States
Additional Information

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer website

Starting date: February 2003
Last updated: January 14, 2009

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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