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  • HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)

    Our Mission

    The HIV Medicine Association is an organization of medical professionals who practice HIV medicine. We represent the interests of HIV health care providers and researchers and their patients by promoting quality in HIV care and by advocating for policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice.

    Our Primary Goals and Current Activities

    In June 2011, the HIVMA Board of Directors revised the Association’s goals in light of policy developments, such as passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care, which have occurred since the document was last reviewed in 2008. The goals are listed in priority order and key activities supporting each goal are noted. 

    Endorse policies that promote an adequate and well-trained medical workforce to respond to the AIDS epidemic. 

      • Support and administer the Minority Clinical Fellowship Program
      • Participate on the HRSA MUP/HPSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
      • Continue to work with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to create a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) focused practice recognition pathway in HIV medicine and pursue similar pathways for physicians trained in obstetrics-gynecology, adolescent medicine, family medicine and others (original request submitted to ABIM in April 2008)
      • Increase the visibility of HIV medical workforce issues with the media
      • Advocate with HRSA and its HIV/AIDS Bureau and Bureau of Primary Care
      • Support innovative ways to extend HIV expertise to underserved areas
      • Published Qualifications for Physicians Who Manage the Longitudinal HIV Treatment of Patients with HIV to assist institutions and insurers with identifying qualified HIV providers (revised 2010)
      • Developed joint medical workforce Statement with the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)
      • Conducted capacity and workforce survey of Ryan White Part C program

     

    Encourage a comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS in the United States through adequate funding for HIV research, prevention, care and treatment, provider training and resources and effective implementation of health care reform. 

      • Sponsor and support the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition
      • Respond to health reform implementation regulations
      • Participate on the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Revising the Medically Underserved Populations/Areas and Health Professions Shortage Area criteria
      • Assist Ryan White medical providers and other HIV medical providers with transitioning to the new health care financing environment
      • Serve as co-chair of FAPP HIV Health Care Access Working Group (HIVMA staff)
        Play a leadership role on the FAPP Research Working Group and actively participate on the FAPP Prevention and Appropriations Working Groups (HIVMA staff)
      • Advocate with Congress and the Administration to protect and fund health care reform
      • Advocate with Congress and the Administration to preserve and enhance health
        care safety-net programs, e.g., Medicaid and Medicare
      • Advocate with policymakers, including Congress and the Administration for adequate funding for research, prevention and care
      • Increase visibility of, and provide expert comment, on these issues with the media
      • Host annual Board of Directors advocacy day

     

    Enhance the ability of HIV medical providers to offer quality care through clinically relevant offerings in our peer-reviewed journals, clinical practice guidelines, conferences and other educational initiatives. 

      • Develop and maintain HIV-related Practice Guidelines, e.g., HIV primary care guidelines, chronic kidney disease, prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections, prevention with HIV patients, dyslipidemia, pain management (under development)
      • Develop HIV Maintenance of Certification Modules
      • Serve as the AIDS 2012 Conference local scientific partner
      • Partnered to develop HIV quality measures
      • Urge adoption of quality measures across federal and private programs
      • Publish annual Clinical Issues in HIV Medicine Compendium
      • Publish monthly E-Newsletter and use social media to keep members abreast of clinical news and resources and policy updates
      • Partner with the CDC on Prevention IS Care campaign
      • Develop HIV Track for IDSA/HIVMA Annual Meeting (evolving to IDWeek with PIDS and
        SHEA as new partners)

     

    Advocate for U.S. policies that support HIV/AIDS providers who practice HIV medicine in the United States and abroad. 

      • Advocate with policymakers, including Congress and the Administration
      • Participate on Federal AIDS Policy Partnership working groups and other coalitions aligned with our interests (HIVMA staff)

     

    Support U.S. policies based on science, public health and social justice for persons living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad. 

      • Developed syringe exchange policy statement (with IDSA)
      • Developed comprehensive sexual education policy statement (with IDSA)
      • Developed HIV-infected organ donation policy statement
      • Developed blood donor screening policy statement
      • Support HIV-related discrimination cases
      • Advocate with SSI on disability determination criteria

     

    Promote a comprehensive U.S. response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in resource-limited countries that includes policy development and resources for research, prevention, care and treatment, provider training and other health care infrastructure development essential for delivery of quality services.

      • Support the Center for Global Health Policy
      • Serve as the AIDS 2012 Conference local scientific partner

 

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