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65-1,241. Definitions; establishment of birth defects information system; aspects of implementation of system. (a) As used in K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 65-1,241 through 65-1,246, and amendments thereto:

(1) "Department" means the department of health and environment.

(2) "Freestanding birthing center" means any facility in which child birth deliveries routinely occur.

(3) "Hospital" means a hospital classified under K.S.A. 65-425, and amendments thereto, as a general hospital.

(4) "Local health department" means any county, city-county or multi-county health department created under the laws of this state.

(5) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery.

(6) "Secretary" means the secretary of health and environment.

(b) The secretary of health and environment shall establish and, if funds for this purpose are available, implement a statewide or pilot birth defects information system for the collection of information concerning congenital anomalies, stillbirths and abnormal conditions of newborns.

(c) If the system is implemented under subsection (b) of this section, all of the following apply:

(1) The secretary may require each physician, hospital and freestanding birthing center to report to the system information concerning all patients under five years of age with a primary diagnosis of a congenital anomaly or abnormal condition. The secretary shall not require a hospital, freestanding birthing center or physician to report to the system any information that is reported to the secretary or department of health and environment under another provision of law.

(2) On request, each physician, hospital and freestanding birthing center shall give the secretary or authorized employees of the department of health and environment access to the medical records of any patient described in subsection (c)(1) of this section. The department shall pay the costs of copying any medical records pursuant to this act.

(3) The secretary may review vital statistics records and shall consider expanding the list of congenital anomalies and abnormal conditions of newborns reported on birth certificates.

(d) A physician, hospital or freestanding birthing center that provides information to the system under subsection (c) shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability for providing the information.

History: L. 2004, ch. 27, ยง 1; July 1.

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