Published Date: 03/30/2023
Expiration Date: 12/13/2025
Telemedicine has shown to be a valuable tool for hepatitis C virus (HCV) education, evaluation and treatment, particularly for people who use drugs (PWUD). This presentation will review the goals and principles of HCV telemedicine while identifying best practices for the clinical management of HCV via telemedicine. It will discuss clinical cases that demonstrate how hepatitis C telemedicine can be delivered in various settings that serve people who use drugs. Finally, this presentation will review how providers can apply the New York State HCV telemedicine toolkit to one’s clinical practice.
Effective June 27, 2023 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a one-time requirement of 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for practitioners who are applying for or renewing their DEA license. This 1-hour ACCME-accredited course meets the DEA/SAMHSA requirement.
Abigail Hunter, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner with a focus on substance use, harm reduction and HCV treatment in outpatient, community settings. After graduating from University of Michigan with a Masters’ in Public Health in Population Planning and International Health, she worked as a coordinator of a network of HIV and substance use providers in North Brooklyn. Subsequently, she translated behavioral research findings for social service agencies, provided trainings, and worked on manuscript development and grant submissions at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. In search of medical training and a more direct impact on health behavior associated with substance use, she attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center for her BSN and MSN in Family Health. Since graduation, she worked at a Medication Assisted Treatment facility providing methadone, suboxone, HCV and primary care to substance users. In January 2020, Abigail began working with Mount Sinai Health System’s Respectful and Equitable Access to Comprehensive Health Care (REACH) Program in collaboration with VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots organization that builds power among low income people affected by HIV, homelessness, incarceration, through direct action, community organizing and service provision. Medical services at the low threshold, non-judgmental Mount Sinai Cures clinic include HCV treatment, wound care and suboxone provision.