130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. B. No. 4  As Reported by the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee
As Reported by the Senate Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
S. B. No. 4

Senators Manning, Oelslager 

Cosponsors: Senators Obhof, Jones, Hite, Patton, Lehner, Beagle, Uecker, LaRose, Gardner, Eklund, Bacon, Widener, Faber, Cafaro, Tavares, Brown 

To enact section 3701.5010 of the Revised Code to require a pulse oximetry screening for each newborn born in a hospital or freestanding birthing center.

Section 1.  That section 3701.5010 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 3701.5010.  (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Freestanding birthing center" has the same meaning as in section 3702.141 of the Revised Code;
(2) "Hospital," "maternity unit," "newborn," and "physician" have the same meanings as in section 3701.503 of the Revised Code;
(3) "Pulse oximetry screening" means the identification of newborns that may have congenital heart defects, through the use of a noninvasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen.
(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, each hospital and each freestanding birthing center shall conduct a pulse oximetry screening on each newborn born in the hospital or center, unless the newborn is being transferred to another hospital. The pulse oximetry screening shall be performed before discharge. If the newborn is transferred to another hospital, that hospital shall conduct the pulse oximetry screening when determined to be medically appropriate.
The hospital or center shall promptly notify the newborn's parent, guardian, or custodian and attending physician of the screening results. The hospital or center shall notify the department of health of the screening results for each newborn screened.
(C) No newborn shall be required to undergo pulse oximetry screening if the newborn's parent objects on the grounds that pulse oximetry screening conflicts with the parent's religious tenets and practices.
(D) The director of health shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing standards and procedures for the pulse oximetry screening required by this section, including all of the following:
(1) Designating the person or persons who will be responsible for causing screenings to be performed;
(2) Specifying equipment to be used for and methods of pulse oximetry screening;
(3) Identifying when the pulse oximetry screening should be performed;
(4) Providing notice of the required screening to the newborn's parent, guardian, or custodian;
(5) Communicating screening results to the newborn's parent, guardian, or custodian and attending physician;
(6) Referring newborns who receive abnormal screening results to providers of follow-up services.
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