HCV Diagnosis and Linkage to Care

Ponni V. Perumalswami, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Liver Diseases
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

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About the Presenter: Top of page

Ponni Perumalswami received her MD from Wayne State University and completed her internal medicine residency training at George Washington University and moved to New York in 2005 to start Gastroenterology fellowship at New York University. She joined ISMMS as a Transplant Hepatology fellow in 2008 and upon completion, joined faculty in the Division of Liver Diseases. As a health services researcher, she has devoted her career towards understanding barriers to and facilitators for accessing viral hepatitis screening and care in order to design innovative interventions to increase uptake into screening and follow up care. Ponni is the Director of Hepatitis Outreach Network (HONE), a community-based viral hepatitis outreach program that targets at-risk foreign-born communities to provide education, screening and link to care. She is the site principal investigator (PI) for a CMS funded program involving HCV care coordination with the NYC Department of Health. She is co-PI on a grant from NYS Health Foundation to develop an app for providers and hepatitis C infected patients using telemedicine. She has also been a recipient of the Department of Medicine Outstanding Medical Educator and directs the Liver Division Bench-to-Bedside selective for first year medical students. She is currently an investigator for many ongoing clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of new antiviral treatments for chronic hepatitis B and C.

Learning Objectives: Top of page

At the completion of this educational session, learners will:
  • Describe the recommended HCV screening guidelines.
  • Describe the HCV screening mandate in New York State.
  • Demonstrate HepCure, an innovative, web-based tool to improved access and expand care for HCV.
  • Communicate preliminary results from a new HCV care coordination to improve access to care in New York City.

CME Information: Top of page

This CME activity was approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ on August 11, 2015 and will terminate August, 2018.

The target audience is all physicians, NPs and PAs involved or interested in HIV education.

This online video and post-activity evaluation are one hour in length.
  • After you complete the video portion of this educational activity there will be a post-activity evaluation and quiz.
  • You must achieve at least 70% correct to receive your CME certificate.
  • If successful, you will be provided instructions to print your CME certificate at the completion of this activity.
  • Accreditation Statement: Top of page

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the Physicians’ Research Network (PRN). MSSNY is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.

    Disclosure Statement: Top of page

    Policies and standards of MSSNY require that speakers and planners for CME activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity.
  • Dr. James Braun (Planner/Course Director) had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Perumalswami (Presenter) had no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Dr. Perumalswami submitted her slides in advance for adequate peer review, and will support her presentation and clinical recommendations with the best available evidence from the medical literature.
  • Financial Support: Top of page

    This PRN CME activity is funded in part by unrestricted educational grants from: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Merck & Co, and ViiV Healthcare.

    How to Obtain CME Credit: Top of page

    To obtain CME credit for this and other PRN programs, please visit the PRN Courses page at the Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) web site. PRN and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) jointly sponsor PRN enduring materials for CME, and provide them at no cost to the AIDS Institute of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for broadcast through the CEI. We thank the NYSDOH for making our CME programs available to a wider audience, and hope you will also browse the many other educational opportunities offered by the CEI.

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