|CMS Opens National Coverage Analysis Process for Hepatitis B Screening
On January 21, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a National Coverage Analysis (NCA) process to consider adding hepatitis B screening of high risk individuals as a covered Medicare preventive service. This NCA was requested by NVHR, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Hep B United, the Hepatitis B Foundation, and the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. CMS has opened an 30 day public comment period as it begins its process. Please submit comments supporting the inclusion of hepatitis B screening in Medicare. More information about the NCA process, including how to submit public comment, is available here.
NVHR Program Survey Reminder
NVHR needs your help as we strengthen our hepatitis C testing and linkage to care program. An essential part of our program is understanding current efforts around hepatitis C screening and linkage to care undertaken by our members and partners and to assess technical assistance needs and interest in collaboration. Please complete our program survey by 5 pm Eastern, Friday, February 5, 2016.
2016 NVHR Executive Committee
The NVHR Steering Committee has chosen the 2016 Executive Committee. Congratulations to Emalie Huriaux (Chair), Dr. Robert Gish (Vice Chair), Jill Wolf (Treasurer) and Heather Lusk (Secretary). We look forward to working with you in your leadership roles!
PCORI Grant: Treatment Models for People Who Inject Drugs
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently awarded a five year, $14 million grant to Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York to administer a national study to determine which hepatitis C treatment model works best for people who inject drugs. The study will compare two care models: directly observed therapy and patient navigator model. NVHR is pleased to serve on the study's community stakeholder committee. Learn more about this important study here.
New Harm Reduction Resource Page
Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) has launched a new harm reduction resource page available for anyone who needs guidance ranging from policies and procedure for peer management to best practices for working with law enforcement to training curricula. The site will be updated regularly.
Jade: Song of Hope
On January 20, 2016, Hep Free Hawaii and filmmaker Alex Bocchiari released the short documentary film, Jade: Song of Hope, to raise awareness about the burden of hepatitis on local Hawaii communities. The documentary chronicles the stories of local musician Jade Louie in her battle against hepatitis C. You can watch this inspiring documentary here.
Patient Advocate Foundation Hepatitis C Careline and Co-Pay Relief
The Patient Advocate Foundation offers a Careline and Co-Pay Relief to persons living with hepatitis C. The Hepatitis C CareLine provides individualized sustained assistance to patients diagnosed with hepatitis C to help them resolve health care access and insurance issues. Details and examples of specific services offered can be found on their website. The Co-Pay Relief (CPR) program offers patients direct financial assistance to help them better afford their prescribed treatment and medications. Hepatitis C Co-Pay Relief Fund details and application documents can be found on their website.