Medicare to cover some hep. C screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cover hepatitis C virus screening for patients who fall into two categories. MedPage Today reports that Medicare will pay for screening if patients are considered high-risk for the liver-damaging disease or if they are part of the Baby Boomer generation born between 1945 and 1965.

High-risk means a patient has a history of using illegal injectable drugs, receiving a blood infusion before 1992, or having had a history of the disease. The Baby Boomer coverage is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2012 recommendation that Baby Boomers, who then accounted for 75% of hepatitis C cases, get tested, regardless of risk history.

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