Oregon Statutes - Chapter 432 - Vital Statistics - Section 432.520 - Reporting requirement; review of records; special studies.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, any health care facility in which patients are diagnosed or provided treatment for cancer or benign tumors of the brain and central nervous system shall report each case of cancer or benign tumors of the brain and central nervous system to the Department of Human Services within a time period and in a format prescribed by the department. The department shall provide, at cost, reporting services to any health care facility at the option of the health care facility. Health care facilities may also purchase reporting services from another facility or commercial vendor. If a health care facility is unable to report in conformance with the format and standards prescribed by the department, the department may, after consultation with the health care facility, elect to activate its reporting service for the facility. When activated, the department may enter the facility, obtain the information and report it in conformance with the appropriate format and standards. In these instances, the facility shall reimburse the department or its authorized representative for the cost of obtaining and reporting the information.

(2) Upon application to the department by a health care facility, the department shall grant to the health care facility an extension of time in which to meet the reporting requirements of this section. In no event shall the extension of time exceed two years from the date of application.

(3) Any practitioner diagnosing or providing treatment to patients with cancer or benign tumors of the brain and central nervous system shall report each case to the department or its authorized representative within a time period and in a format prescribed by the department. Those cases diagnosed or treated at an Oregon health care facility or previously admitted to an Oregon health care facility for diagnosis or treatment of that instance of cancer or benign tumors of the brain and central nervous system shall be considered by the department to have been reported by the health care practitioner.

(4) Any clinical laboratory diagnosing cases of cancer or benign tumors of the brain and central nervous system shall report each case to the department or its authorized representative within a time period and in a format prescribed by the department.

(5) For the purpose of assuring the accuracy and completeness of reported data, the department shall have the right to periodically review all records that would:

(a) Identify cases of cancer and benign tumors, the treatment of the cancer or benign tumors or the medical status of any patient identified as being treated for cancer or benign tumors; or

(b) Establish characteristics of the cancer or benign tumors.

(6) The department may conduct special studies of cancer morbidity and mortality. As part of such studies, registry personnel may obtain additional information that applies to a patientís cancer or benign tumors and that may be in the medical record of the patient. The record holder may either provide the requested information to the registry personnel or provide the registry personnel access to the relevant portions of the patientís medical record. Neither the department nor the record holder shall bill the other for the cost of providing or obtaining this information. [1995 c.585 §3; 2003 c.269 §3]

Note: See note under 432.500.

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