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Title 18: Health

Chapter 4: CANCER REGISTRY

18 V.S.A. § 153. Participation in program



§ 153. Participation in program

(a) Any health care facility diagnosing or providing treatment to cancer patients shall report each case of cancer to the commissioner or his or her authorized representative in a format prescribed by the commissioner within 120 days of admission or diagnosis. If the facility fails to report in a format prescribed by the commissioner, the commissioner's authorized representative may enter the facility, obtain the information, and report it in the appropriate format. In these cases, the facility shall reimburse the commissioner or the authorized representative for the cost of obtaining and reporting the information.

(b) Any health care provider diagnosing or providing treatment to cancer patients shall report each cancer case to the commissioner or his or her authorized representative within 120 days of diagnosis. Those cases diagnosed or treated at a Vermont facility or previously admitted to a Vermont facility for diagnosis or treatment of that instance of cancer are exceptions and do not need to be reported by the health care provider.

(c) All health care facilities and health care providers who provide diagnostic or treatment services to patients with cancer shall report to the commissioner any further demographic, diagnostic, or treatment information requested by the commissioner concerning any person now or formerly receiving services, diagnosed as having or having had a malignant tumor. Additionally, the commissioner or his or her authorized representative shall have physical access to all records which would identify cases of cancer or would establish characteristics of the cancer, treatment of the cancer, or medical status of any identified cancer patient. Willful failure to grant access to such records shall be punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 for each day access is refused. Any fines collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the general fund. (Added 1993, No. 90, § 2.)