Carlucci JG, Farooq SA, Sizemore L, Rickles M, Cosley B, McCormack L, Wester C. Low hepatitis C antibody screening rates among an insured population of Tennessean Baby Boomers. PloS one. 2017 Nov;12(12). e0188624. PMID: 29190748 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5708755
Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is common and can cause liver disease and death. Persons born from 1945 through 1965 ("Baby Boomers") have relatively high prevalence of chronic HCV infection, prompting recommendations that all Baby Boomers be screened for HCV. If chronic HCV is confirmed, evaluation for antiviral treatment should be performed. Direct-acting antivirals can cure more than 90% of people with chronic HCV. This sequence of services can be referred to as the HCV "cascade of cure" (CoC). The Tennessee (TN) Department of Health (TDH) and a health insurer with presence in TN aimed to determine the proportion of Baby Boomers who access HCV screening services and appropriately navigate the HCV CoC in TN.