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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

WCWR 048-160-001(5)-(9)

Summary Title

Liability: Failure to Report Listed Reportable Disease

Summary

A health care provider who is diagnosing or treating a person with a listed reportable disease or administrator of a health care facility or laboratory where a reportable disease has been documented must report the occurrence of the listed reportable disease or condition. They can be held legally responsible if they fail to make a report.

Full Title

Rules and Regulations for Reportable Diseases and Conditions

Full Text

Section 5. Reporting Required. (a) The following is a list of individuals and facilities which have an independent duty to report the occurrence of listed reportable diseases and conditions: (i) A physician or other health care provider diagnosing or treating a person having a listed reportable disease or condition; (ii) The administrator of a health care facility or penal institution in which there is a listed reportable disease or condition case; (iii) The administrator or operator of a laboratory performing a positive test for listed reportable diseases or conditions. Section 6. Reporting Procedures/Methods. (a) The physician must report or cause a report to be made using an official State Disease Case Report or equivalent format, a report via telephone, or a report via secured fax. (b) The administrator of a health care facility or penal institution must report or cause a report to be made of the diagnosis or treatment of reportable diseases and conditions. (c) The administrator or operator of a laboratory must report or cause a report to be made of test findings for reportable diseases and conditions. (d) Any physician or other health care provider and any administrator or operator of a health care facility or laboratory or penal institution reporting a diagnosis or positive test result pursuant to W.S. 35-4-107 and W.S. 35-4-108 shall notify any health care employee and/or health care professional reasonably expected to be at risk of exposure to a dangerous or life-threatening listed reportable disease or condition. (i) Notification shall be verbal. (ii) Notification shall take place within 24 hours or as soon as possible. (e) Only summary statistical reports are required to be submitted from facilities designated by the State Health Officer as anonymous HIV testing sites. Section 7. Submission of Reports. All listed reports of reportable diseases and conditions made by the physician or other health care provider, administrator of a hospital, director or supervisor of a laboratory facility, dispensary or penal institution, or any other health care facility shall be forwarded to: Wyoming Department of Health Epidemiology Section Hathaway Building, 4th Floor Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002 Fax: (307) 777-5573 Phone: (307) 777-3593 All written reports mailed utilizing a mail carrier shall be in an envelope marked "CONFIDENTIAL". Section 8. Report Forms. Reporting forms may be obtained from the Wyoming Department of Health, Epidemiology Section. Section 9. Penalty for Failure to Report or for False Report. Any practicing, licensed physician or other person required to report who fails to report to the state health officer or his authorized designee any case of listed reportable disease or condition in the manner provided in W.S. 35-4-107, or who willfully makes any false report regarding any case, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00), or imprisonment in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or both.