2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2-106 - Reports; rules, regulations; enforcement.
26:2-106 Reports; rules, regulations; enforcement.
3. a. The Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Public Health Council, shall require the reporting of cases of cancer and other specified tumorous and precancerous diseases, and the submission of such specified additional information on reported cases or control populations as he deems necessary and appropriate for the recognition, prevention, cure, or control of such diseases.
b.Pursuant to subsection a. of this section, the Commissioner of Health is hereby authorized to adopt and promulgate, in the manner prescribed by the applicable provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.) rules and regulations specifying the health care providers, individuals, and other organizations obliged to make the report and submissions required by subsection a. of this section, the related information to be included in such reports, and the methods for such reporting.
c.All abstracting work performed by a health care facility in accordance with this section shall be performed by a certified tumor registrar.
d. (1) The Department of Health shall contract out its registry services to health care facilities which lack adequate internal capabilities to report cases on a timely basis, as provided in the regulations adopted pursuant to this section. Such health care facilities shall reimburse the department for services rendered.
(2)If a health care facility fails to correct deficiencies in its reporting that are discovered on audit by the Department of Health within 30 days, the department will conduct the appropriate registrar activities and charge the facility for all costs related to its services.
e.Health insurers and other third party health care payers providing health benefits plans to residents of the State shall report to the Department of Health cases of cancer of State residents based upon selection criteria and in a format specified by the department.
f. (1) A health care facility, health care provider, or health insurer that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be liable to a penalty of up to $500 per unreported cancer case.
(2)A health care facility that fails to report cases of cancer electronically, as required by regulation, shall be liable to a penalty not to exceed $1,000 per business day.
(3)A penalty sued for under the provisions of this subsection shall be recovered by and in the name of the Department of Health and shall be dedicated to the cancer registry.
g.All information reported to the Department of Health for inclusion in the cancer registry pursuant to this section shall be verified for accuracy by the department within six months of receiving the information and shall be incorporated in the registry. Aggregate or summary information, to include gender distribution, age groupings of cases, and cancer types, shall be made available to the public no later than six months after verification by the department. The department shall not make public any information reported to the department which discloses the identity of any person to whom the information relates.
L.1977, c.266, s.3; amended 1996, c.74, s.1; 2001, c.99, s.2; 2012, c.17, s.114.
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