Public policy issues having a direct impact on the discipline are actively monitored and communicated by the Public Policy Committee, which is making recommendations to influence issues as they are raised in the nation's capital.
Coming Soon: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, 2014-2016
The Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis was initially launched by HHS as a guide to help combat the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis. The plan called for a collaborative effort among health care providers, federal agencies, and the general public to provide awareness about viral hepatitis and to improve the quality of care and treatment for infected individuals. Because of the success of the program, federal partners will release a 3-year renewal, "Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, 2014-2016." Looking forward, the hope is that the 3-year renewal of the Action Plan will allow for better opportunities and a broader collaborative effort between federal and non-federal partners as attention is focused on utilizing innovations and advancements in treatment and care for Hepatitis B and C.
Be an Advocate: Participate in Liver Capitol Hill Day, March 26
Federal Register: FDA HCV Treatment Guidance for Industry [PDF]
Warnings for Hepatitis B Reactivation in Cancer Patients Welcomed by AASLD
AASLD Press Release: The Burden of Liver Disease [PDF]
Joint Statement on HBV Discrimination
Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services issue statement regarding HBV discrimination at health-related schools.
Baby Boomers Should Get Tested for HCV
A small change in rating from the US Preventive Services Task Force has incredible consequences — allowing baby boomers to get tested for HCV without copayment.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Announces That the Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR) is Available Online
Hepatitis Awareness: Bringing Attention to a Silent Epidemic
Center for Disease Control Announces the Release of a New Vital Signs Report Urging the Importance of Testing Baby Boomers for HCV [PDF]
HHS: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis [PDF]
May 2011 - May 2012
Appropriations Bill Funding for NIH [PDF]
Shedding Light on a Hidden Epidemic -- AASLD Endorses the Centers for Disease Control's Plan to Identify Those Infected with Hepatitis C Virus
AASLD Gravely Concerned About the Elimination of the Agency for Healthcare Reasearch and Quality [PDF]
Academy Health Strongly Opposes the FY 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill [PDF]
Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus-Infected Health Care Providers and Students [PDF]