18 May New “Guide to Hepatitis C Testing” Available From the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the American College of Physicians
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of Hepatitis Testing Day this Friday May 19th, the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)’s Institute for Hepatitis C has partnered with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to release the brand new Guide to Hepatitis C Testing.
The Guide to Hepatitis C Testing is designed to help clinicians screen patients for hepatitis C (HCV). The Guide includes a summary of the latest testing recommendations, along with diagnostic, billing, and laboratory codes for testing. It provides resources for referrals to HCV-experienced providers and information on patient interactions, education, and case examples.
There are approximately 2.7-3.9 million people in the United States who are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV), many of whom are undiagnosed. The launch of the Guide to Hepatitis C Testing closely follows the recent release of preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showing that the number of new HCV infections has nearly tripled over five years, reaching a 15-year high.
“We know there is widespread uncertainty out there among providers about whom to test and with what labs, and how to get reimbursed. We hope this new resource will give clinicians the information they need to ramp up testing for Hepatitis C,” stated Margaret Hoffman-Terry, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, chair of the AAHIVM Board of Directors and director of the AAHIVM Institute for Hepatitis C. “It is imperative that clinicians are testing indicated patient cohorts, and this guide will help them to do that.”
The complimentary Guide is now available on the AAHIVM website, www.aahivm.org, as a downloadable PDF or in a hard copy brochure. To request free single or bulk order brochures, please email Ericka Nanalig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The American Academy of HIV Medicine is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed providers give direct care to more than three-fourths of HIV patients in the US.
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The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.