HCV Treatment Practicalities: Screening Patients, Managing Prior Authorizations, and Monitoring Patients

HCV Treatment Practicalities: Screening Patients, Managing Prior Authorizations, and Monitoring Patients

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Online Course | Specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Primary Care
Released: 12/23/2021
Expires: 12/22/2022
Max Credits: 0.75
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Dawn Fishbein, MD, MS
Scientific Director, Viral Hepatitis Research
MedStar Health Research Institute
Medical Director, Hub Liaison Team Core, GHUCCTS CTSA
Associate Chair of Research, Department of Medicine
Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC

Elana Rosenthal, MD
Co-Director, DC PFAP Hepatitis Clinical Research Program
Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Virology
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Activity Planners
Amy Burdette, PhD
Manager, Educational Strategy & Content
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager
Baltimore, MD

Amy Sison
Director of CME
Baltimore, MD

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss appropriate HCV staging and treatment strategies
  • Incorporate comprehensive HCV care strategies, including pre-treatment assessment and post-cure monitoring
  • Identify strategies to assist patients in lowering HCV treatment costs and/or increasing likelihood of insurance coverage

Target Audience
This activity is intended for primary care providers.

Statement of Need
Despite ongoing screening campaigns to identify and treat individuals with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, a substantial percentage of those with HCV remain unaware of their infection. Additionally, the incidence of acute HCV infection, which often has subtle or no specific symptoms, tripled from 2010 to 2016 due to the opioid epidemic. Thus, many infected individuals may be unknowingly spreading HCV to others and may also not be receiving appropriate care, thereby remaining susceptible to substantial HCV-related morbidity and mortality. Because primary care clinicians have a critical role in identifying and screening appropriate patients for HCV infection, it is important to provide them with up-to-date education about HCV screening recommendations, evolving treatment approaches, and key monitoring strategies both during and after treatment.

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Instructions to Receive Credit
This CME activity consists of a 0.75-credit audiocast. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, watch the audiocast, and complete the post-survey, evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.

Initial Release Date: December 23, 2021
Expiration Date: December 22, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 45 minutes

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The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation.

Dawn Fishbein, MD, MS
Consulting fees/advisory boards: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Ownership interest (stocks/stock options – excluding mutual funds): AbbVie Inc.
Other (investigator): Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Elana Rosenthal, MD
Other (investigator): Gilead Sciences, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc.

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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc. and Gilead Sciences, Inc.



Here are the key takeaways from this activity. Deeper insights and evidence, plus an opportunity to receive credit, are available at the "Continue" button below.

  • Despite the potential for HCV elimination, rates of new infections continue to climb—particularly in medically underserved communities
  • To address gaps in HCV screening and treatment, primary care providers should play a greater role in identifying individuals with HCV infection and initiating treatment
  • Simplified treatment and monitoring guidelines exist to help guide primary care providers and other clinicians in making management decisions for their patients with HCV infection
  • Many patients with HCV infection experience financial barriers to affording HCV treatment; primary care providers can use various strategies to ensure cost is not a barrier
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