2017 Arkansas Code
Title 20 - Public Health and Welfare
Subtitle 2 - Health and Safety
Chapter 15 - Disease and Disease Prevention Generally
Subchapter 3 - Phenylketonuria, Hypothyroidism, and Sickle-Cell Anemia
§ 20-15-302. Testing of newborns

Universal Citation: AR Code § 20-15-302 (2017)
  • (a) (1) (A) All newborn infants shall be tested for phenylketonuria, hypothyroidism, galactosemia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle-cell anemia.
    • (B) In addition, if reliable and efficient testing techniques are available, all newborn infants shall be tested for other genetic disorders by employing procedures approved by the State Board of Health.
      • (2)
        • (A) Medicaid shall reimburse the hospital that performs the tests required under subdivision (a)(1) of this section for the cost of the tests.
        • (B) The reimbursement shall be in addition to the hospital's per diem payments for the newborn infant.
  • (b) All positive test results shall be sent immediately to the Department of Health.
  • (c)
    • (1) The department shall establish and maintain a program of reviewing and following up on positive cases so that measures may be taken to prevent mental retardation or other permanent disabilities.
    • (2)
      • (A) Information on newborn infants and their families compiled under this section may be used by the department and persons or public or private entities designated by the department.
      • (B) Information used under subdivision (c)(2)(A) of this section may not refer to or disclose the identity of any person.
    • (3) All materials, data, and information received by the department are confidential and are not subject to examination or disclosure as public information under the Freedom of Information Act of 1967, § 25-19-101 et seq.
  • (d)
    • (1) The department shall conduct an intensive educational and training program among physicians, hospitals, public health nurses, and the public concerning the disorders covered under this section.
    • (2) The program shall include information concerning:
      • (A) The nature of the disorders;
      • (B) Testing for the detection of these disorders; and
      • (C) Treatment modalities for these disorders.
  • (e) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the parents or legal guardian of a newborn infant object to the testing on medical, religious, or philosophical grounds.
  • (f) Testing for cystic fibrosis under this section shall be implemented only if funding is available.
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