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CMS Invites Public Comment as it Considers National Coverage Determination for HCV Screening Under Medicare

CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a National Coverage Determination (NCD) process for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults. An NCD is a national policy statement granting, limiting, or excluding Medicare coverage for a specific medical item or service. CMS is allowed to add coverage of “additional preventive services”…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Day 3

Mondo

Some of yesterday’s highlights from the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA): The Importance of Patient-Provider Conversations Addressing a vital aspect of retention in HIV care during a plenary session, acclaimed photographer Duane Cramer and fashion designer Mondo Guerra from Project Runway—both of whom are living with HIV— highlighted the importance of continued open and…

Putting the Spotlight on Hepatitis C in the African American Community

NBLCA

On July 25, 2013, it was my pleasure to join with leaders from the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA ), Inc, the Coalition for Positive Health Empowerment (COPE ), and the Harm Reduction Coalition , in New York City to mark the first annual national observance of African American Hepatitis C Action Day….

The End of Hepatitis B Transmission Begins at Birth

Hepatitis B

Editor’s note: August is National Immunization Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of acute hepatitis B virus infection in the U.S. has declined by more than 80 percent since 1990, when routine hepatitis B vaccination of babies was implemented. While this is certainly good news, there are…

White House Hosts U.S. Observance of World Hepatitis Day

Ronald Valdiserri

This past Sunday, July 28, was World Hepatitis Day. To mark this global observance in the United States, the White House hosted an event on Friday, July 26, 2013 which brought together more than 200 stakeholders from the domestic and global viral hepatitis communities along with representatives of numerous federal agencies to put an important…

Presidential Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2013

White House

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 25, 2013 Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2013 WORLD HEPATITIS DAY, 2013 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Each year, we mark World Hepatitis Day to bring attention to a disease…

World Hepatitis Day Statement

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News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2013 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 World Hepatitis Day Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh   On World Hepatitis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to combating the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Globally, one in 12 people has…

Giving Voice to the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis

Nils-Daulaire

World Hepatitis Day—observed annually on July 28—is a day to remember the millions around the world, as well as those here in the U.S., who have lost their lives to or are suffering from viral hepatitis. It is also a day to celebrate the progress we have made to prevent millions of new infections so…