NVHR NEWSLETTER – October 2015
Join us! Twitter chat: "Liver Cancer is Preventable"
NVHR and the Hepatitis B Foundation are hosting a twitter chat "Liver Cancer is Preventable" on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 2 pm Eastern. The twitter chat will feature special guest Dr. Robert Gish. Follow @NVHR1 and #LiverChat to join the conversation and email if you'd like to sign your organization on to participate!

The Past, Present, and Future of Hepatitis C
The September 23, 2015 USA TODAY had a pull-out section focused on hepatitis C. The piece features several articles, including an interview with Natalie Cole. NVHR Executive Director Ryan Clary wrote the forward for the pull-out, providing an overview of key statistics, opportunities, and challenges. You can read Ryan's piece here and you can read the other articles here.

Philadelphia Hepatitis C Grand Rounds
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia are hosting a Grand Rounds titled Hepatitis C: Emerging Approaches for Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment. The Grand Rounds will be held on October 21, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. NVHR Executive Director Ryan Clary will provide a hepatitis C policy update at the event. You can find more information, including registration, here.

New Adult Vaccine Access Coalition Website
The Adult Vaccine Access Coalition (AVAC) is a diverse group of health care providers, vaccine makers, pharmacies, public health organizations, and patient and consumer groups, including NVHR. AVAC's goal is to make necessary policy changes to increase vaccination rates - to save lives and money. AVAC recently launched a website featuring resources, news, and policy updates.

Clinical Toolkit from Rhode Island Defeats Hepatitis C
Rhode Island Defeats Hepatitis C (RID Hep C) has developed a clinical toolkit for both patients and providers to enhance hepatitis C care. While the toolkit is focused on Rhode Island, it has relevance nationwide. The toolkit includes information on drug-drug interactions, elastography, endoscopy, hepatitis C evaluation for providers, and a recommended reading list.

Viral Hepatitis Billing Codes Resource
The California Department of Public Health recently released a screening toolkit for primary care providers. This document responds to the recently updated screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and includes information about the transition to ICD-10 codes (effective October 1, 2015).
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