In October of 2013, Governor Cuomo signed a public health law that requires primary care providers and certain health care settings to make a one-time offer of voluntary hepatitis C screening to all patients born between 1945 and 1965. This law, which went into effect on January 1st, 2014, is consistent with the CDC’s “Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection Among Persons Born During 1945-1965”. The New York State law applies to 1) physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care, 2) primary care services delivered in the outpatient department of a hospital or freestanding diagnostic and treatment center, and 3) in-patient hospital services.
This 40-minute webcast will:
Identify the clinical rationale for one-time routine voluntary screening for hepatitis C for all persons born
between 1945 and 1965;
Describe the key provisions of the law including settings and providers impacted by the law;
Provide an overview of the new CDC hepatitis C testing algorithm;
Describe health care provider responsibility for reporting cases of acute and chronic hepatitis C;
Describe New York State resources for the care and treatment of persons with chronic Hepatitis C
Provide answers to frequently asked questions, including: exceptions to the law, issues related to
reimbursement for testing, patient consent, and others.
The intended audience for the webinar includes those health care providers and health care settings impacted by the law including:
Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners providing primary care
Outpatient departments of a hospital offering primary care
Freestanding diagnostic and treatment centers offering primary care
In-patient hospital programs