In September 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened the Expert Consultation on the Evidence for Early Hepatitis C Treatment in the United States to identify barriers to accessing hepatitis C treatment and potential strategies for ensuring that people who are infected can get the recommended treatment. Now, HHS has released a blog and report reflecting on the meeting, which focused around expert perspectives, data needs, and experiences that inform health care policies and practices related to hepatitis C treatment access. The blog includes links to the report itself as well as to the slide presentations from the meeting.
The consultation reflects ongoing efforts by HHS to engage with diverse stakeholders, continue to build partnerships and collaboration among federal and nonfederal entities, and work to prevent new viral hepatitis infections, reduce deaths and improve the health of people living with viral hepatitis, and reduce viral hepatitis health disparities in the United States. Read the full report.