Hepatitis C: What to know now about testing and treatment
This fact sheet for health care providers discusses the impact of hepatitis C infection in Massachusetts, summarizes evidence-based recommendations for testing and treatment, and provides resources to support clinical decision-making.
Enhancing Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment
This toolkit provides resources and best practices to help primary care providers to conduct testing to identify hepatitis C infection and begin treatment.
Infectious Disease Surveillance and Reporting. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health relies on health care providers, laboratories, and local public health to report the occurrence of hepatitis C infection as required by law. Learn more about public health reporting.
Resources from our Partners
Training and Education on Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment for Health Care Providers. Through a collaboration between BIDLS/DPH and the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), primary care providers can receive education and training on hepatitis C testing and treatment at no cost. Resources available include self-paced, online education (CE credits available) coupled with clinical mentoring and consultation, access to a statewide clinical Community of Practice, as well as training and technical assistance for individual clinics/facilities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions: Prior Authorization for Hepatitis C Virus Treatment. This FAQ presented by the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School summarizes coverage provided by MassHealth for treatment of hepatitis C infection and addresses common questions regarding prior authorization for treatment.
Coverage of Hepatitis C Treatment at a Glance, 2023
The Hepatitis C Treatment at a Glance tool provides an overview of the coverage of key hepatitis C treatment services in Massachusetts. The at-a-glance summarizes coverage for silver-level Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), ConnectorCare plans, and Medicaid (MassHealth) plans.
CDC Recommendations for Hepatitis C Screening Among Adults — United States, 2020 This report presents recommendations from the CDC regarding testing for HCV infection in the US.
HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).
Information about HCV for Health Professionals (CDC)
The CDC provides resources for health care providers and public health professionals on a variety of topics, including general information regarding transmission and prevention, statistics about HCV, diagnosis and management of HCV infection, and other resources for health care professionals.
Hepatitis C Online Hepatitis C Online is a free educational web site from the University of Washington and is supported by the CDC. The site is a comprehensive resource that addresses the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of hepatitis C virus infection.
Hepatitis C Project ECHO (Source: UMass Chan Medical School, Center for Integrated Primary Care)
Primary care doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other clinicians participating in ECHO engage in a virtual community with peers to share information and learn from each other, and with the support of experts. Learning is case based. UMass Chan Medical School is a Project ECHO Hub for HCV.
Tools: access to screening and treatment
Integrated Testing and Linkage to Services locator
Find a Department of Public Health (DPH) funded location to get tested for HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections.
Safe use and disposal of sharps
Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes 2023
This document provides information and resources about the safe use and disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps).
Resources for your patients/clients
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has produced educational materials on hepatitis C . These materials are designed for individuals who have lived experience with, or would like to learn more about hepatitis C. These materials are appropriate for anyone because they have been designed to represent and be inclusive of a range of populations in Massachusetts. Posters, brochures, pocket-sized information cards, and fact sheets may be ordered from the Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
For more information about hepatitis C and gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, check out the Care That Fits You campaign. Care That Fits You also offers information about sexual health, PrEP, and STDs/STIs.