NYSDOH HCV Rapid Testing Program - Fact Sheet

What is the Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Program?

This program provides free HCV Rapid Test Kits and Controls to agencies that serve populations at highest risk for HCV.

How do agencies meet the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible, agencies must have:

  • A valid CLIA permit.
  • Hepatitis C screening protocols, policies and procedures.
  • A comprehensive quality control plan.
  • A bloodborne pathogen policy.
  • Proper space and equipment to conduct the test.
  • Staff trained on how to use the test device.
  • Staff with a strong understanding of hepatitis C, including the proper counseling messages based on test results.
  • The ability to collect and report data to the health department.
  • A written linkage agreement with a provider who can perform hepatitis C diagnostic testing and track all referrals.
  • The ability to track linkage to care for all reactive clients.

Does the Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Program pay for HCV diagnostic testing?

Agencies meeting additional eligibility criteria, including staff proficiency in venipuncture blood specimen collection and handling, have the option of enrolling in the on-site HCV RNA Testing component of the program. Once approved, agencies can offer individuals with a reactive rapid test free HCV diagnostic testing. Payment for HCV diagnostic testing is limited to individuals screened through the HCV Rapid Testing Program.

How do agencies enroll in the program?

Interested agencies should contact the HCV Rapid Testing Program at the number or email below to discuss enrollment and their plan for meeting the above-listed eligibility requirements. Technical assistance with the enrollment process and free trainings are available.

How do agencies order test kits and controls?

Once an agency has enrolled in the program, hepatitis C rapid test kits and controls can be ordered using the Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Order Form on the Heath Commerce System.

What are the ongoing requirements of agencies?

In addition to adhering to the NYSDOH CLEP standard practices in Laboratory Medicine for sites registered as Limited Service Laboratory, agencies must report monthly testing data and participate in periodic conference calls and announced site visits.

Where can agencies get more information?

Contact the Bureau of Hepatitis Health Care