World Hepatitis Day - July 28, 2019

For World Hepatitis Day on July 28, 2019, learn more about the different types of viral hepatitis and how to take action. Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Most people with chronic hepatitis virus do not have symptoms until the later stages of the infection, putting them at risk for serious liver disease, liver cancer, and even death. Let us take action to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis.

Medicare covers the following viral hepatitis immunization and screening services.

  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) vaccine and administration
    • Available to Medicare beneficiaries who are at high or intermediate risk of contracting hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening
    • Available for beneficiaries who fall into at least one of the following categories:
      • High risk for HCV infection
      • Born between 1945 and 1965
      • Had a blood transfusion before 1992
  • Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and High Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs
    • Payment subject to certain coverage, frequency, and payment limitation for sexually active adolescents and adults at increased risk for STIs
    • Screening tests include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen)

Counseling includes face-to-face, individual semi-annual visits to include education, skills training, and guidance on how to change sexual behavior

Medicare waives the deductible and coinsurance for beneficiaries for these services.

For more information on World Hepatitis Day, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites: World Hepatitis Day and Viral Hepatitis.

References

The A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Provider Outreach & Education (POE) developed this document to ensure consistent communication and education throughout the nation on a variety of topics and assist the provider and physician community with information necessary to submit claims appropriately and receive proper payment in a timely manner.

Last Updated Jul 10, 2019