Home   |   Print Page   |   Join MSDC
News & Press: Public Health

DC Health: HIV, Hepatitis, STD and TB Case Reporting Updates

Thursday, April 11, 2019  
Share |

Health Notice for District of Columbia Health Care Providers
HIV, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Case Reporting Updates

Source Strategic Information Division, April 3, 2019



















BACKGROUND
There are two leading legislative documents that provide the authority for public health departments to collect personal identifying information on persons with communicable diseases. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) Privacy and Security Rules exempts public health departments from informed consent on the basis of public health purpose. Secondly, the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) provides both the authority for the DC Department of Health (DC Health) to collect personal identifying information on persons with communicable diseases and describes the reporting requirements from providers. Providers are defined as physicians, laboratories, and others
in charge of a communicable disease. The data collected through case reporting is then used to inform public health action, program and policy development, interrupt the transmission of diseases, and protect community health.

Read the full notice.

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal