VillageCare Receives Health Care Innovation Award for Treatment Adherence through the Advanced Use of Technology (TAAUT)

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VillageCare Receives Health Care Innovation Award for Treatment Adherence through the Advanced Use of Technology (TAAUT)

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) announced the prospective recipients for the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards.  The cumulative 39 awards will be implemented in 27 states and the District of Columbia spanning a wide range of patient populations, from children to the elderly, across the care continuum.
 
 
VillageCare (www.villagecare.org), a New York City community-based, non-profit organization serving people with post-acute and chronic care needs, has been named one of the awardees. VillageCare will create and test “Treatment Adherence through the Advanced Use of Technology” (TAAUT), which aims to increase patient activation for people living with HIVAIDS by providing a multi-faceted intervention involving a social platform for behavior change, virtual visits, text reminders and peer support. 
 
 
TAAUT expects to improve adherence in the most cost-effective manner by delivering education and support through technology.  Participants will be able to access a customized private social network, virtual video support groups, professional Care Adherence Managers for questions, and text messaging for medication and appointment reminders. In addition, peer mentors will provide one-on-one encouragement and mentoring for behavior change. 
 
 
“VillageCare has long been a leader in care for people living with HIVAIDS in the New York City area,” says Emma DeVito, President and Chief Executive Officer for VIllageCare.  VillageCare developed the first comprehensive AIDS Day Treatment program in New York and since then, has continued to create effective and innovative care models.  “We are excited for the opportunity granted to us to develop a new and innovative way to encourage adherence and wellness for those living with HIVAIDS.”
 
 
The overall goal of TAAUT is to improve viral loads and CD-4 counts, thereby simultaneously improving health and reducing overall health spending for the population.  VillageCare was awarded just over $8.7 million to create and operate this program for three years.  CMS will be conducting evaluations during and upon completion of the pilot program.  More information may be found by visiting www.villagecare.org.