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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2009

CONTACT
Marla Augustine, DHHS, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-4047, marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

 

Division of Public Health to Hold 3 Hearings January 7, 2010 in Lincoln

Informed Consent for Predictive Genetic Testing
Infant Screening for Metabolic Diseases
Reporting and Control of Communicable Diseases and Poisonings


Lincoln – All three hearings will be held in the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level, Conference Room ‘A’, Lincoln, NE.

Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations on Informed Consent for Predictive Genetic Testing. The proposed changes will:

  • Add reference to the 2008 federal Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

Public Hearing at 9:30 a.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations on Infant Screening for Metabolic Diseases. The proposed changes will:

  • Require compliance with the latest Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute standards for blood spot collection;
  • Clarify that a receiving hospital or physician must cause a blood specimen to be collected if one was not collected before the infant’s transfer, or if the specimen was collected before the infant was 24 hours of age, and;
  • Establish conditions for the use of residual dried blood spots for public health research, patient diagnostic testing, and other public health purposes, including quality assurance.

Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations on Reporting and Control of Communicable Diseases and Poisonings. The proposed changes will:

  • Clarify reporting requirements for physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses;
  • Specify the information health care providers must include when electronically ordering laboratory tests that may identify a reportable disease;
  • Revise listings of diseases, poisonings, and organisms that must be reported immediately, within seven days, or monthly;
  • Clarify requirements for reporting by local health departments and require certain reports to be submitted electronically;
  • Require laboratories to submit certain reports electronically;
  • Establish reporting criteria and provide for surveillance mechanisms for new, emerging, or reemerging diseases and other syndromes and exposures;
  • Require reporting by health care providers of certain cases of potential public health importance;
  • Revise control measures for communicable diseases by:
    • Providing for public health interventions, directed health measures, and addressing noncompliance;
    • Authorizing notification of contacts; and
    • Establishing the responsibilities of laboratories and schools.

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, January 10, 2010. They should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; faxed to 402-742-2382; or e-mailed to Rules.Regs@dhhs.ne. gov .

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/reg_hearings.aspx.

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