Hepatitis C Requirement – Survey Alert

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

We have heard that surveyors are now asking facilities for their policies related to the Hepatitis C requirement that went into effect January 1st of this year. On January 1st, a new Public Health law went into effect requiring providers who provide “primary care services”, to offer Hepatitis C screening to those persons born between 1945-1965 only. This age group has been shown to have had a high rate of exposure to Hepatitis C. DOH clarified at a recent meeting that this law does pertain to NHs serving residents born between these years. We suggest you include a question on your admission paperwork which asks new admissions in this age range if they have been offered screening. If they have, document that the screening has been offered and any follow up (ie screening refused, testing done etc.) You should also have documentation for all current residents who fall within this age range that they have been asked this question as well. Hospitals and Physician offices are required to offer the screening, but emergency rooms are not. See attached MM dated January 16, 2014 for more information.

Karen Morris

Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800, ext. 15