Enrolled SB 87: Requiring screening of newborns for congenital heart defects; and providing for an effective date.
00Enrolled SB 87 01 Requiring screening of newborns for congenital heart defects; and providing for an effective 02 date. 03 _______________ 04 * Section 1. AS 18.15 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Sec. 18.15.205. Screening for congenital heart disease. (a) A provider of 06 birthing services who attends a birth in the state shall ensure that, as close to 24 hours 07 after the birth as feasible, screening for congenital heart defects through pulse 08 oximetry equipment and methods appropriate for use on a newborn is performed on 09 the newborn, unless screening is refused under (d) of this section. 10 (b) A provider of birthing services who attends a birth in the state shall, as 11 soon as possible after screening conducted under (a) of this section, make a referral for 12 confirmatory testing on a newborn whose pulse oximetry results are abnormal and 13 provide advice to the parent or legal guardian regarding the need for appropriate 14 interventions.
01 (c) The provider who performs pulse oximetry screening under (a) of this 02 section shall report to the parents and attending physicians of the newborn and to the 03 department the results of screening. 04 (d) Before performing screening for congenital heart disease under (a) of this 05 section, a provider of birthing services shall provide to a parent or legal guardian of a 06 newborn information on the screening and the option to refuse the screening. 07 (e) The department shall establish procedures for submitting reports of 08 newborn screening results to the department and for summarizing reported data. 09 (f) In this section, "provider of birthing services" means a physician, midwife, 10 nurse, or other qualified professional who attends the delivery of a newborn in the 11 course of the provider's practice. 12 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 13 read: 14 APPLICABILITY. AS 18.15.205, enacted by sec. 1 of this Act, does not apply to a 15 provider of birthing services who attends fewer than 20 births a year in the state until 16 January 1, 2016. 17 * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect January 1, 2014.