Project ECHO® was created to effectively treat hepatitis C throughout New Mexico and to monitor outcomes. Once a combination of patient information is presented to the Hepatitis C Community TeleECHO Clinic, the community clinician is given a plan for treatment by the specialist. After hepatitis C treatment protocol is established, frequent follow-ups are conducted to present the patient’s treatment status, to relay issues that may impede treatment, and to alter the treatment plan as needed to maximize the patient’s chance for a cure. Through the use of technology, best-practice protocols, and ongoing case-based learning, rural primary care clinicians deliver hepatitis C care that is as safe and effective as that given in a university clinic.
Monthly Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Provider Training
If your practice is located in New Mexico or at an Indian Health Services site and you would like to become an active partner with Project ECHO in the treatment of your patients with HCV, we invite you to join us for onsite training at Project ECHO. This full day of training is designed to familiarize you with how the HCV TeleECHO Clinic operates, introduce you to our current clinical guidelines for treating HCV and increase your level of clinical expertise with HCV management. Establishing this foundation before presenting your patient cases to Project ECHO will result in improved quality of care.
The full day training is offered one Friday out of each month. The morning portion of the training is held at the Project ECHO offices on University Boulevard in Albuquerque. For the afternoon portion you will be joining Dr. Arora, Dr. Thornton, Dr. Deming and their clinical staff in the HCV outpatient clinic at the UNM Center for Digestive Diseases to observe how they manage the treatment of patients living with HCV.
If you are interested in attending one of the training sessions please email the HCV team at HCVECHO@salud.unm.edu for available training dates.
CDC Hepatitis C Online
ACT-First: Free, Online CME Course for Primary Care Providers
Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AALSD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) offer guidelines for testing, managing, and treating hepatitis C.
Recommended treatment strategies vary, depending on HCV genotype and where the patient is in the course of their illness. Patients can be referred to any of the clinicians who are part of the Project ECHO network of HCV “experts” around New Mexico.
We encourage primary care physicians and midlevel clinicians to contact Project ECHO for training in how to treat HCV locally rather than having to refer patients to distant specialists. Treatment and monitoring patients is becoming easier than ever before.
For information on how to become an ECHO partner or to request a Grand Rounds presentation (with live CMEs) at your site, please contact the HCV team at HCVECHO@salud.unm.edu.
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults. A Systematic Review to Update the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation.