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The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable expresses its views on matters of public policy relevant to viral hepatitis in written documents such as letters, press releases, reports and testimony, as well as orally in speeches and hearings.


Docket No. CDC-2012-0005: Recommendations for the Identification of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Chronic Infection

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the draft guidelines persons born between 1945 and 1965 who have contracted the hepatitis C virus infection. The undersigned organizations join the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable in strongly supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s draft hepatitis C test for everyone born from 1945 to 1965 (the baby boomer generation). Full text of PDF available here.

HCV birth cohort screening guidelines

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

Please consider the attached letter that underscores the urgency expressed by members of The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable regarding the timely release of the CDC hepatitis C age based screening guidelines calling for one-time hepatitis C testing for persons born between the years of 1945 and 1965.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Martha Saly
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

The full text of the letter is attached in PDF format.


NVHR comments on AHRQ HCV Treatment draft CER

Read the NVHR comments comments on AHRQ HCV Testing draft CER.


NVHR comments on AHRQ HCV screening draft CER

The Draft Comparative Effectiveness Review, Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, raises a number of significant concerns which must be addressed before this document is finalized. Read the NVHR comments on AHRQ HCV screening draft CER(pdf format)


Chronic Viral Hepatitis and Health Care Reform Principles

The current efforts to reform the US health care delivery system offers important opportunities for addressing unmet needs and reducing the economic and social costs associated with untreated or undertreated viral hepatitis. It must provide expanded access to high-quality and comprehensive health care, guarantee access to affordable health care, especially for the chronically ill, address ongoing health disparities, and require accountability and continued investment in innovation, prevention and wellness care. Download the 2 page report.

Chronic Viral Hepatitis and Health Care Reform

Download the 12 page report that describes the basic required elements of health care for persons with chronic viral hepatitis infections.

Chronic Viral Hepatitis Prevention Principles for Sound Health Care Reform

Prevention and wellness will play a key role in the reform of health care in the US. Currently, prevention accounts for only 2% to 3% of health care expenditures, despite its proven track record of improving community health and lowering the prevalence of chronic, costly diseases. Unfortunately, most of the risk factors that result in the leading causes of death, disease, and disability are not addressed in health care until their full blown consequences are finally recognized in clinical settings. This delay in addressing prevention and wellness increases avoidable health care costs. Additionally, the current approach to prevention is fragmented across the healthcare system and community and public health settings. Read More