The objective of the Hep C Link to Care program is to increase awareness of the
importance of chronic hepatitis C among Primary Care (PC) providers and provide
tools to enhance Hep C testing and linkage to care for infected patients.

Primary Care providers will have the opportunity to:

1. Learn about the importance of Hep C and the latest
recommendations for Hep C screening

2. Receive training on a new FDA-approved, point-of-use
test for Hep C antibodies

3. Opt into a Hep C treatment directory to aid in the management
of patients with Hep C

Successful participation in these activities will lead to PC practices becoming

"certified" in the screening and management of patients infected with Hep C.

Becoming a certified Hep C screening center will
provide both patient care and pharmacoeconomic benefits to your Primary Care practice.
Examples include:


Compliance with guidelines for Hep C screening
based on improved awareness of risk factors.


Ability to test your at-risk patients for Hep C
using point-of-care OraQuick Hep C test.


Immediate discussions with newly identified
patients about implications of Hep C infection
and importance of seeking treatment.



Access to a directory of Hep C specialists in
your area for consulting or patient referral.


Contribute to a national effort to reduce morbidity
and pharmacoeconomic costs associated with
Hep C-related chronic liver disease.

A PC practice can become certified
in Hep C testing by having one or
more qualified members from the healthcare team (i.e. Physician, PA,
NP or Nurse) complete the following:

1. Become registered into the

Hep C Link to Care web portal

2. View a short webcast on Hep C

screening and testing (2 optional webcasts are also available on
Hep C disease burden and
treatment)

3. Opt into a directory of Hep C

specialists for consulting or
referral purposes