Effective Date: 06/20/2009
Title: Section 67-1.2 - Lead screening and follow-up of children by health care providers

67-1.2 Lead screening and follow-up of children by health care providers.

(a) Lead screening and follow-up of children by primary health care providers.

(1) At each routine well-child visit, or at least annually if a child has not had routine well-child visits, primary health care providers shall assess each child who is at least six months of age but under six years of age, for high dose lead exposure using a risk assessment tool based on currently accepted public health guidelines. Each child found to be at risk for high dose lead exposure shall be screened or referred for lead screening.

(2) Primary health care providers shall provide the parent or guardian of each child under six years of age anticipatory guidance on lead poisoning prevention as part of routine care.

(3) Primary health care providers shall screen or refer each child for blood lead screening, at or around one and two years of age, preferably as part of routine well child care.

(4) The Commissioner of Health may provide recommended alternative schedules for other high risk groups as deemed necessary.

(5) Results of blood lead analysis performed in a health care practitioner's office pursuant to Public Health Law Section 579(1) that is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under regulations implementing the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) must be reported to the Commissioner of Health and to the local health officer in whose jurisdiction the subject of the test resides. Such results shall be reported within fourteen business days of the date of analysis and on such forms as prescribed by the Commissioner of Health. Such reports must include the subject's name, date of birth, race, gender, address, county of residence, type of sample (venous or fingerstick) and blood lead level; the health care practitioner ordering the test, facility identifiers, the date of sample collection, and the date of analysis.

(6) Each primary health care provider who screens a child for elevated blood lead levels shall explain the blood lead test results and provide documentation of lead screening to the parent or guardian of the child or other person authorized to consent for the medical care of the child.

(7) Primary health care providers shall provide or make reasonable efforts to ensure the provision of follow-up testing for each child with an elevated blood lead level in accordance with currently accepted medical standards and public health guidelines.

(8) Primary health care providers shall provide or make reasonable efforts to ensure the provision of risk reduction education and nutritional counseling for each child with an elevated blood lead level equal to or greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter of whole blood.

(9) Primary health care providers shall confirm blood lead levels equal to or greater then 10 micrograms per deciliter of whole blood obtained on a capillary specimen from a child using a venous blood sample.

(10) For each child who has a confirmed blood lead level equal to or greater than 15 micrograms per deciliter of whole blood, primary health care providers shall provide or make reasonable efforts to ensure the provision of a complete diagnostic evaluation; medical treatment, if necessary; and referral to the appropriate local or State health unit for environmental management. A complete diagnostic evaluation shall include at a minimum: a detailed lead exposure assessment, a nutritional assessment including iron status, and a developmental screening.

(11) Primary health care providers shall communicate and coordinate as appropriate with local health units to ensure that each child with an elevated blood lead level receives appropriate follow-up, as prescribed above in paragraphs (6) through (10) of this Section.

(b) Lead screening and follow-up of children by non-primary care providers.

(1) A health care provider that provides services to a child who is at least 6 months of age but under 6 years of age and who is not the child's ongoing primary care provider, such as a hospital inpatient facility, an emergency service if the child's condition permits, or other facility or practitioner which provides services to the child on a one-time or walk-in basis, shall inquire if the child has been appropriately assessed and screened for elevated blood lead levels in accordance with the schedule prescribed in paragraphs (1) and (3) of subdivision 67-1.2(a).

(2) If the child has not received such appropriate lead screening, the health care provider shall screen the child for elevated blood lead levels, or refer the child to the child's primary health care provider or, if the child's primary care provider is unavailable or the child has no primary health care provider, to another primary health care provider, or to the local health unit to obtain a blood lead test.

(3) If screening is performed, the blood lead test result shall be sent to the child's primary care provider or to the local health unit to enable appropriate follow-up in accordance with paragraphs (a)(6) through (11) of this section.




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