By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016 9:28 AM
Reading copies of new regulations about tuberculosis (TB) testing in long-term care settings and for health care workers, in both Word and PDF formats, are now available. These two regulations became effective on Friday, March 4. Facilities have 180 days (i.e., by August 31, 2016) to become compliant with these new regulations. CDC guidelines are the foundation of these new regulations.

TB Testing for Residents in Long-Term Care Settings - Word - PDF   TB Testing for Health Care Workers - Word - PDF The final formatting of these regulations is in transition and will be posted online in about a month. These reading copies have a larger font and have line numbers but have the same text as the marked up versions that are online: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/frntpage.htm.

If you have additional questions or comments about either of these regulations, please contact Dr. Robert Brawley, chief of the Infectious Disease Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (Robert.Brawley@ky.gov) and cite the page number and line number of the relevant attached files. Your questions and comments will be used to develop responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). FAQs will be distributed as part on DPH educational programs about these two regulations....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:14 AM
KHA co-hosted a webinar on March 19 with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to address proposed changes to the regulations requiring tuberculosis (TB) testing for health care workers and in long-term care facilities. During the webinar, the DPH reviewed the proposed changes in policies requiring annual testing for employees of health care facilities and of physicians working in those facilities.

KHA recorded the webinar and has archived the recording along with the proposed TB regulation changes, the webinar PowerPoint slides and other information. You can review this at http://www.kyha.com/efforts-to-update-health-care-worker-tb-testing-requirements/.

DPH hopes to publish the proposed rule in April. A formal comment period will follow providing an opportunity to submit additional comments regarding the changes/additions to the regulation. The regulation could be in effect as early as October 2015.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 14, 2014 9:08 AM
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has been reviewing the state regulation on requirements for health care worker tuberculosis (TB) testing. The Department has circulated language that would require annual TB testing for all hospital employees. KHA has gathered comments and input from hospitals and submitted comments on this issue to KDPH and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

KDPH has requested a meeting with hospital infection preventionists (IPs), employee health nurses and other relevant hospital staff to discuss the concerns hospitals have communicated as well as offer dialogue about the increased incidence of TB and related public health concerns. KDPH and the OIG hope that the discussion will bring about a consensus on the most practical and effective policy to meet everyone's needs.

KHA will host a meeting on July 29 at its headquarters in Louisville from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET). There is room for 30 to attend in person and others may participate via conference...
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