RIDOH Provider Advisory

Public Notice of Proposed Rule Making

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) proposes to repeal the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Reporting and Testing of Infectious, Environmental, and Occupational Diseases [R23-10-DIS] and the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to HIV Counseling, Testing, Reporting, and Confidentiality [R23-6.3- HIV], and replace them with rules and regulations for Reporting and Testing of Infectious, Environmental, and Occupational Diseases [216-RICR-30-05-1].

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED RULE: The RIDOH is proposing rulemaking to consolidate the two regulations to be repealed into one set of regulations, provide clarity, update the list of reportable diseases, and remove any language that duplicates existing statute without additional interpretation. This consolidation is meant to delineate the reporting and testing of infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases of public health importance. Specific changes include:
• The addition of several conditions to the reportable conditions list, for example, carbapenemresistant
Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).
• A requirement for laboratories to perform culture on positive Culture Independent Diagnostic Test (CIDT) specimens and submit an isolate to the RI State Health Laboratory.
• The elimination of the licensing requirement for Qualified Professional Testing Counselor (QPTC) for HIV. The course requirements remain in place.
• The expansion of the required reporters list to include persons and entities who were previously “recommended” to report

TIMETABLE FOR ACTION ON THE PROPOSED RULE: The public comment period ends on Monday, November 6, 2017. Written comments can be submitted by mail to Paula Pullano, Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5097 or by email at
paula.pullano@health.ri.gov by the close of Monday, November 6, 2017.

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