The Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened a National Coverage
Determination (NCD) process for adding hepatitis C testing to Medicare.
As you know, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently
updated its recommendations and gave a “B” grade to testing at risk
populations and a one-time test for everyone born between 1945 and 1965.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare can cover preventive services
with a USPSTF grade of “A” or “B” and the services must be at no cost to
the Medicare beneficiary.
As a result, CMS is officially reviewing the
data and arguments for covering hepatitis C testing through its NCD
CMS has opened a 30 day public comment period to collect input from
advocates, medical providers, public health officials, and other
stakeholders. This is a great opportunity to encourage CMS to act
quickly and make sure that hepatitis C testing is available for those in
the Medicare program, or entering the program, who are at risk or are
in the birth cohort. You can read more about the NCD process and how to
submit public comment here
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