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Practitioner Lead Reporting Requirements

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Blood Lead Test Reporting Requirements and Information for Practitioners

This site summarizes the responsibilities of practitioners for blood lead test reporting as per Chapter 64D-3 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Control of Communicable Diseases and Conditions Which may Significantly Affect Public Health. According to this rule practitioners are required to provide demographic information to laboratories with each blood lead specimen. Practitioners are also required to report blood lead test results to the local county health department (CHD) and the Florida Department of Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (FL CLPPP). The specific reporting requirements for practitioners are addressed below.

Information Provided by Practitioners to Laboratories with Each Blood Lead Specimen

Practitioners are responsible for obtaining and providing all of the following information to laboratories at the time the specimen is sent to or received by the laboratory. Supplying this information enables laboratories to fulfill electronic laboratory reporting requirements under Chapter 64D-3.030, F.A.C.

 a) The patient's:

  1. First and last name, including middle initial
  2. Address, including city, state, and zip code
  3. Telephone number, including area code
  4. Date of birth
  5. Sex
  6. Race
  7. Ethnicity (Hispanic / non-Hispanic)
  8. Pregnancy status if applicable
  9. Social Security number

b) Type of specimen (e.g. venous vs. capillary specimen)

c) Date of specimen collection

d) Submitting Provider's:

  1. Name
  2. Address, including street, city, state, and zip code
  3. Telephone number, with the area code of the provider requesting the test

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Requirements for Reporting to the Local County Health Department

Lead poisoning is a condition under Chapter 64D-3 F.A.C. required to be reported, therefore results indicating lead poisoning, 10 micrograms per deciliter or greater, must be reported to the CHDs by all practitioners. This particular rule also authorizes CHDs to collect all blood lead test results from all practitioners. However, some CHDs may elect only to collect results of 10 micrograms per deciliter or greater. Practitioners are encouraged to contact the local CHD to determine local reporting requirements.

a) The patient's:

  1. First and last name, including middle initial
  2. Address, including city, state, and zip code
  3. Telephone number, including area code
  4. Date of birth
  5. Sex
  6. Race
  7. Ethnicity (Hispanic / non-Hispanic)
  8. Pregnancy status if applicable
  9. Social Security number

b) Type of diagnostic tests

c) Type of specimen (e.g. venous vs. capillary specimen)

d) Date of specimen collection

e) Diagnostic test results

f) Treatment given

g) Name, address, and telephone number of the attending practitioner

h) Other necessary epidemiological information requested by the CHD

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Requirements for Reporting to the Florida Department of Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Chapter 64D-3 F.A.C. authorizes the FL CLPPP to collect the results of all blood lead test results from all practitioners. However, in most cases, the FL CLPPP already receives blood lead test results electronically from the laboratories that analyzed the specimens. Therefore, at this time the FL CLPPP elects only to collect all blood lead test results from practitioners that conduct blood lead analysis on site (i.e., practitioners that use portable lead care analyzers or other devices to perform blood lead analysis). The results from on-site analysis are necessary to report to the FL CLPPP because they are not already being reported by a laboratory.

All reports must be sent electronically* to the Bureau of Epidemiology, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. If you have additional questions regarding electronic blood lead test result reporting please contact the FL CLPPP at (850) 245-4401.

All reports must include the following information:

a) The patient's:

  1. First and last name, including middle initial
  2. Address, including city, state, and zip code
  3. Telephone number, including area code
  4. Date of birth
  5. Sex
  6. Race
  7. Ethnicity (Hispanic / non-Hispanic)
  8. Pregnancy status if applicable
  9. Social Security number
  10. Date of onset of symptoms (if applicable)
  11. Diagnosis

b) Type of diagnostic tests

c) Type of specimen (e.g. venous vs. capillary specimen)

d) Date of specimen collection

e) Diagnostic test results

f) Treatment given

g) Name, address, and telephone number of the attending practitioner

h) Other necessary epidemiological information requested by the CHD

*Information on Approved Electronic Reporting Formats:
The Florida Department of Health is developing an Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) system that will make use of HL7 Format. Upon the Department's implementation of its electronic disease surveillance system, reports of diseases or conditions must be submitted electronically to the Department using an application and reporting format provided by the Department. At least nine (9) months in advance of requiring practitioners and laboratories to submit reports electronically in this format, the Department will publish a notice in the Florida Administrative Weekly announcing when electronic reporting will begin. The Department will also notify appropriate professional organizations affected by Chapter 64D-3, F.A.C.

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Enforcement and Penalties

Any practitioner who is subject to the provisions of this rule who fails to report a disease or condition as required by this rule or otherwise fails to act in accordance with this rule is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) as provided in Sections 775.082 or 775.083, F.S. Each violation is considered a separate offense. All violations by practitioners, hospitals or laboratories shall be reported to the appropriate professional licensing authorities and public financing programs.

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Resources

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County Health Department Epidemiology Contact List

Florida Administrative Code 64D 3

Healthcare Practitioner Reporting Guidelines of Notifable Diseases or Conditions in Florida
This document provides a summation and explanation of healthcare practitioner reporting requirements.

Practitioner Single Disease Reporting Form

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