The Mission of the Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan is to outline a systematic approach that will decrease the incidence and reduce the morbidity and mortality of viral hepatitis.
World Health Organization issued updated guidelines for screening, care, and treatment of chronic Hep C.
In March 2016, HHS issued guidance for HHS-funded programs regarding the use of federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs.
NYS Department of Health recommends hepatitis C (HCV) reflex RNA testing implementation to improve HCV diagnosis and linkage to care rates.
The City Health Information (CHI) publication is an evidence-based clinical bulletin for health care providers throughout New York City. The “Preventing Injection-associated Infections in Outpatient Settings” CHI was written to improve patient safety by highlighting unsafe injection practices that increase the risk of infections. The CHI will cover epidemiology of injection-associated infections in the city, … Continue reading CME/CNE | Preventing Injection-Associated Infections (NYC Health Dept)
Alcohol use significantly increases the risk for developing fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer in people living with hepatitis. New Health Dept materials provide guidance in screening patients with hepatitis for alcohol use and steps to take to reduce risk.
Source: Defining the Experienced Hepatitis C Provider, New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, June 2015 Transformative new treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) will greatly expand the number of patients in New York State who can be treated successfully. This expansion promises to reduce morbidity, mortality, and the incidence of HCV transmission, but it … Continue reading NYS Department of Health Defines HCV Experienced Provider
The NYC Health Department recently released the City Health Information (CHI): Diagnosing & Managing Hep C providing guidance to Primary Care Providers in hepatitis C screening, management and treatment.
Provider Reporting: How to Report Diseases, Events, and Conditions to the New York City Health Department. The Guide provides a Table of all reportable diseases, and events including instructions on how and when they should be reported. The Guide is currently available on-line at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/hcp/reporting-guide.pdf. Please share with your colleagues and email Molly Kratz (email@example.com) … Continue reading Provider Reporting | How to Report Diseases, Events & Conditions to the NYC Health Dept
In an effort to assist patients, clinics, and providers in obtaining coverage for HCV testing, The AIDS Institute is releasing an updated Coverage Guide for Hepatitis C Screening. The guide explains coverage of preventive services under the ACA and sets out specific coverage for HCV testing under various types of insurance, including private health plans, … Continue reading Hep C Testing Coverage Guide (The AIDS Institute)
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Worldwide, some 240 million people have chronic hepatitis B virus with the highest rates of infection in Africa and Asia. People with chronic hepatitis B infection are at increased risk of dying from cirrhosis and liver cancer. Key recommendations include: … Continue reading World Health Organization Issues 1st Hep B Treatment Guidelines
Overview: CMS has finalized its decision to reimburse for HCV screening in primary care settings, for individuals who are Medicare eligible and either “high risk” or born between 1945-1965. “High risk” is defined as persons with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use; and persons who have a history of receiving a blood transfusion … Continue reading Medicare Guidelines | HCV screening for baby boomer & at risk beneficiaries
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has updated their 2004 recommendation on hepatitis B screening and now recommends screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) in non-pregnant adolescents and adults at high risk for infection, which may include: Those born in countries where the prevalence of HBV infection is 2% or greater Those born in the … Continue reading USPSTF Recommends Hep B Screening in High Risk Individuals
In recognition of Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, The AIDS Institute has released a Hepatitis C (HCV) Testing Coverage Guide to assist health care providers with navigating each of the major healthcare payers’ coverage options for preventive services, specifically for HCV screening. Additionally, the guide will help educate people on the need to get tested … Continue reading AIDS Institute Releases Hep C Testing Coverage Guide
Watch the new Hep C Testing Law Video Developed by the NYS DOH Clinical Education Initiative (July 2015) Background on the Law Effective January 1, 2014, the NYS Hepatitis C Testing Law. 2171 requires healthcare providers to offer hep C test to baby boomers. The law requires full diagnostic testing for those who screen anti-body positive and either … Continue reading NYS Hep C ‘Baby Boomer’ Testing Law
Nirav R. Shah, M.D., the Commissioner of the New York State Health Department has released a Dear Colleague letter announcing the new Hepatitis C Testing Law. (Section 2171) The new law, which will take effect January 1st, 2014, mandates that every individual born between 1945 and 1965 be offered a Hepatitis C screening in either … Continue reading NYS COH Sends Dear Colleague Letter on Hep C Testing Law
View as PDF: Dear Colleague COH-Hep C Screening 2013 April 2013 Dear Colleague: I am writing to ask your help with diagnosing and treating hepatitis C, an increasing cause of illness and death among New Yorkers. Across the nation, hepatitis C virus (HCV) now causes more deaths annually than HIV infection. Because new drug regimens … Continue reading Hep C Screening: NYC Commissioner of Health Dear Colleague Letter (April 2013)