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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsAdministrative CodeTitle 16Department of Health and Social ServicesDivision of Public HealthHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention

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1.0 Purpose

These regulations are promulgated by the Department pursuant to Senate Bill 372 of the 141st General Assembly. These regulations are also independently authorized by 29 Del.C. §7903. The purpose of the regulations is to implement 16 Del.C. Ch. 32.

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2.0 Definitions

Benign Tumor means any nonmalignant neoplasm, regardless of the tissue or origin, that appears on the American College of Surgeons most recently published list of reportable cancers and benign tumors.

Cancer means any malignant neoplasm, regardless of the tissue origin, that appears on the American College of Surgeons most recently published annual list of reportable cancers and benign tumors.

Clinical Laboratory means a facility in which tests are performed identifying findings of anatomical changes, and/or specimens are interpreted and pathological diagnoses are made.

The Department means the Department of Health and Social Services.

Health Care Provider” means:

person, corporation, facility or institution licensed by this State pursuant to Titles 16 or 24 of the Delaware Code to perform any act to or on behalf of a patient during the patient’s medical care, treatment, or confinement, or

a clinical laboratory. When a person acting as a health care provider is working for a corporation, facility, or institution, the corporation, facility, or institution shall be considered the health care provider for purposes of these regulations.

Non-hospital reporter means one that: is not located within a Delaware hospital and/or does not report cancer case data to such hospital’s cancer registry.

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3.0 Duty to Report

Each health care provider shall submit cancer data to the Department electronically as described in Section 4.0 with respect to (a) each patient whom it diagnoses with cancer or a benign tumor, and (b) each patient for whom it renders any care after the individual is diagnosed with cancer or a benign tumor. Compliance by one health care provider with this Section with respect to an individual patient shall not obviate compliance by other health care providers with respect to the same patient. Physician offices that are located in a hospital and have an electronic database accessible to the hospital cancer registry may be asked to submit to the Department an electronic data file listing of cancer cases for linkage prior to submission of case information. Once the linkage is made, any missing cases must be reported electronically as indicated in Section 4.0.

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4.0 Process and Specifications of Reporting Data to the Department

Cancer data should be submitted in a secure, electronic method. Non-hospital providers should submit all cancer case data utilizing the CDC’s Web Plus software. If a non-hospital provider is unable to submit data electronically, the provider may contact the Department to inquire about an exemption. Upon approval of the exemption, the Department will provide data collection forms to the provider. To request an exemption, a provider must submit a letter stating reason why it is unable to report using the electronic method to the Delaware Cancer Registry. The address can be found at:

http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/main/maps/other/oxfordbd.htm

All data as indicated by the reporting requirements of the National Cancer Data Base established by the American College of Surgeons is required. Data submitted under this section shall also include disclosure of the patient’s length of residency in Delaware, primary residential address in Delaware and the location and nature of the patient’s primary past employment if such information is available to the health care provider. A health care provider shall make reasonable efforts to obtain all information as required on the electronic reporting system. However, reasonable efforts by a clinical laboratory shall not include the interviewing of patients to obtain required information.

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5.0 Retention of Required Information

A health care provider who is treating a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer or a benign tumor shall ask that patient to fill out a form requesting disclosure of patient’s length of residency in Delaware, primary residential address in Delaware and the location and nature of the patient’s primary past employment. The health care provider shall retain the form required by this Section with the patient’s medical records pursuant to generally accepted protocol for the retention of patient medical records. The health care provider shall include the information from the form required by this Section with information it submits pursuant to Section 3.0 of these regulations. The Department shall provide a form for use in complying with this Section.

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6.0 Deadlines for Submission

A health care provider shall provide the information required by Section 4.0 within 180 days of the initiation of treatment of a patient or diagnosis of that patient with a cancer or benign tumor, whichever is earlier.

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7.0 Failure to Submit Required Information

A health care provider that fails to comply with Section 3.0 shall permit the Department to audit its records and abstract information that should have been provided under Section 4.0. The health care provider shall reimburse the Department for the cost of said audit. If the audit does not identify a compliance failure by the health care facility or provider, the cost of such audit shall not be assessed against the facility or provider.

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8.0 Voluntary Audit

A health care provider may voluntarily request that an audit be performed if it does not intend to submit the information required by Section 4.0. The Department shall determine if the request for an audit will be honored. The health care provider shall reimburse the Department for the cost of said audit if the Department honors the request. The Department shall determine whether said costs shall be prepaid, or paid upon completion of the audit.

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9.0 Fines

Failure to comply with Sections 3.0 and 6.0 of these regulations may result in a $100 fine against the health care provider that has failed to comply. Each failure to comply shall constitute a separate violation and shall subject the health care provider to a separate $100 fine.

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Last Updated: November 07 2014 16:14:59.
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