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NO. 7. AN ACT RELATING TO REPORTING DISEASES TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

(S.34)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. § 1001 is amended to read:

§ 1001. REPORTS TO COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH

When a physician, *[hospital administrator or his designee]* health care provider, administrator of a hospital, health care facility, health maintenance organization or managed care organization, or the administrator’s designee, town health officer, nurse practitioner, nurse, physician's assistant or school health official has reason to believe that a person is sick or has died of a diagnosed or suspected disease, identified by the department of health as a reportable disease and dangerous to the public health or if a laboratory director has evidence of such sickness or disease, he or she shall transmit within 24 hours a report thereof and identify the name and address of the patient and the name of the patient's physician to the commissioner of health or *[his]* designee. The commissioner with the approval of the secretary of human services shall by regulation establish a list of those diseases dangerous to the public health which shall be reportable. All information collected pursuant to this section and in support of investigations and studies undertaken by the commissioner for the purpose of determining the nature or cause of any disease outbreak shall be privileged and confidential. The health department shall, by rule, require that any person required to report under this section has in place a procedure that ensures confidentiality.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect from passage.

Approved: April 29, 1997