00 Enrolled SB 87
01 Requiring screening of newborns for congenital heart defects; and providing for an effective
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
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
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.