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CMS Clarifies Hepatitis C Screening Exception

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memo to providers addressing infection control for end stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities and testing for hepatitis C. Under the CMS requirements, facilities must demonstrate that they follow standard infection control procedures including routine serological testing and immunization, surveillance, training and education. However, providers should note that hepatitis C screening is not required by these guidelines, and that surveyors should not cite these facilities for failure to conduct routine or periodic screening. Questions should be directed to ESRDQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.

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