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Help eliminate HCV as a Health Threat in Michigan

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

You may have recently seen a press release declaring Michigan’s intention to eradicate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) as a health threat to our residents. With universal screening now recommended for all adults and therapies that can cure HCV infection in 8-12 weeks with a single pill per day, the tools now exist to cure HCV infection in all Michiganders. In the near term, Michigan Medicaid is looking to eliminate all barriers to clinicians providing HCV medications to their patients (i.e. removing prescriber, patient sobriety, and fibrosis restrictions). 

The clinical community is the driving factor behind these efforts and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) want to equip you with the knowledge, tools, and resources to improve the health of your patients. Critical to that is the State of Michigan understanding what barriers to testing and treating HCV might exist among the clinical community. MDHHS asks that you complete this 10-minute survey that will help understand your current HCV clinical practices. Your input will help develop a public health strategy to eliminate barriers to testing and treating HCV to expedite HCV cure for all of our citizens.