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26:2-111.1 Option Of Additional Screening For Disorders In Infant Required; Cost.

1. a. A health care provider shall give an infant's parent or guardian the option of consenting to the performance of testing by qualified laboratories for disorders in infants for which testing is not required pursuant to P.L.1977, c.321 (C.26:2-110 et seq.), on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Health. The health care provider shall not be required to assume the cost of such testing.

As used in this section:

"Health care provider" means a health care professional licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes or a health care facility licensed pursuant to Title 26 of the Revised Statutes that provides health care services to newborn infants.

"Qualified laboratory" means a clinical laboratory not operated by the Department of Health, which is certified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services pursuant to the federal "Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988," Pub.L.100-578 (42 U.S.C. s.263a) and reports its test results by using normal pediatric reference ranges.

b.(1) The Commissioner of Health shall prepare and make available electronically, on the Internet website of the Department of Health, information that explains the availability of testing performed by qualified laboratories for disorders in infants for which testing is not required pursuant to P.L.1977, c.321 (C.26:2-110 et seq.).

(2)A health care provider shall give an infant's parent or guardian a hard copy of the information prepared pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection and provide the parent or guardian with a reasonable opportunity to read the information when giving the parent or guardian the option of consenting to the performance of testing pursuant to subsection a. of this section.

L.2004, c.12, s.1; amended 2012, c.17, s.117.

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Phil Murphy
Phil Murphy
January 16, 2018 -
Democratic
1-609-292-6000
125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08625

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