Newborn Metabolic, Endocrine, and Hemoglobinopathy Screening Program and Newborn Hearing Loss Screening Program (216-RICR-20-05-1)


216-RICR-20-05-1 ACTIVE RULE

1.1 Authority

These rules and regulations are promulgated pursuant to the authority conferred under R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 23-13-13 and 23-13-14, and are established for the purpose of updating a comprehensive metabolic, endocrine, and hemoglobinopathy screening program for newborns and a newborn hearing loss screening program and for adopting a fee structure for said programs.

1.2 Definitions

A. Wherever used in this Part the following terms shall be construed as follows:

1. "Act" means R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-13 entitled, "Maternal and Child Health Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs."

2. “Department” means the Rhode Island Department of Health.

3. "Director" means the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

4. "Health care facilities" means facilities licensed under the provision of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-17 and the regulations promulgated thereunder. Health care facilities include, but are not limited to, hospitals, birth centers, and other health care facilities subject to licensure.

5. "Midwife" means a person who has successfully completed an approved educational program in midwifery and is licensed to practice midwifery in Rhode Island pursuant the “Rules and Regulations for Licensing of Midwives” and R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 23-13-9 and 23-1-1.

6. "Newborn disease" means conditions that have their origin in mutational events that alter the genetic constitution of an individual and/or disrupts normal functions through some other disease mechanism.

7. "Newborn testing for hearing loss” means screening and evaluation through the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP), using procedures prescribed by the Director.

8. "Physician" means a person with a license to practice medicine in Rhode Island pursuant to the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-37 entitled, "Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline."

9. “Newborn Screening Program” means the Rhode Island metabolic, endocrine, hemoglobinopathy, and other clinics, and the Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

1.3 Newborn Metabolic, Endocrine, and Hemoglobinopathy Screening Program

A. The physician and/or midwife attending a newborn child shall cause said child to be subject to screening tests for the conditions listed below. Provided, however, if parents of a newborn child object thereto, on the grounds that such tests conflict with their religious tenets and practices pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-13-14, such tests shall not be performed.

1. Amino Acid Metabolism Disorders

a. Argininosuccinic Acidemia

b. Citrullinemia

c. Homocystinuria

d. Maple Syrup Urine Disease

e. Phenylketonuria

f. Tyrosinemia Type I

2. Organic Acid Metabolism Disorders

a. Beta-Ketothiolase Deficiency

b. Glutaric Acidemia Type I

c. Hydroxymethylglutaric aciduria, HMG-CoA lyase Deficiency, or 3-OH 3-CH3 glutaric aciduria

d. Isovaleric Acidemia

e. 3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase Deficiency

f. Methylmalonic Acidemia cbIA and cbIB forms

g. Methylmalonic Acidemia due to mutase deficiency

h. Multiple carboxylase Deficiency

i. Propionic Acidemia

3. Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders

a. Carnitine Uptake Defect

b. Long-chain 3-OH acyl COA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCHAD)

c. Medium-chain 3-OH acyl COA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCHAD)

d. Very Long-chain 3-OH acyl COA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (VLCAD)

e. Trifunctional protein Deficiency

4. Hemoglobin Traits and Disorders

a. Sickle Cell Anemia

b. Hemoglobin S/Beta-Thalassemia

c. Hemoglobin S/C Disease

d. Others detectable through hemoglobin electrophoresis

5. Others

a. Biotinidase Deficiency

b. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

c. Congenital Hypothyroidism

d. Cystic Fibrosis

e. Galactosemia

f. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

g. Critical Congenital Heart Disease

h. Pompe

i. Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD)

j. Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS-1)

B. The Department shall provide filter specimen slips to health care facilities where births are known to occur and to physicians and midwives attending newborns in locations other than health care facilities. The filter specimen slips shall contain instructions for the collection and submission of specimens to the laboratory contracted by the Department.

C. Laboratories performing newborn screening tests shall be approved by the Director to perform the tests cited in § 1.3(A) of this Part and as required in this Part.

1. All reports of newborn screening tests performed by a laboratory shall be submitted to the attending physician and the Department and shall include actual value and reference ranges used for each disorder.

2. Each Newborn Screening Program or health care provider, as defined in § 1.2 of this Part, shall be responsible to report to the Department’s Newborn Screening Program, or agency designated by the Director, each confirmed newborn screening diagnosis, diagnostic test type, treatment type, and such information that the Director may require from time to time for surveillance, or as a grant or Newborn Screening Program may require. Each Newborn Screening Program or health care provider shall submit such data and information on confirmed cases to the Department’s Newborn Screening Program within ninety (90) days of when the newborn screening diagnosis was confirmed.

D. Program services shall be subject to the fee schedule established in § 1.5 of this Part.

1.4 Testing for Hearing Loss

Pursuant to the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-13-13, every newborn infant in Rhode Island shall be screened and evaluated in accordance with the “Procedures for Evaluating Newborn Infants for Hearing Impairments”. A copy of these Procedures may be viewed at www.health.ri.gov/programs/hearingassessment/. Provided, however, if parents of a newborn child object thereto, on the grounds that such tests conflict with their religious tenets and practices, such tests shall not be performed.

1.5 Fees

A. The fee for the Newborn Screening Program shall be as set forth in the Fee Structure for Licensing, Laboratory and Administrative Services Provided by the Department of Health (Part 10-05-2 of this Title). This fee shall be paid to the Department by the hospital or health care facility where the birth occurred in the absence of a third-party payor. This fee shall be adjusted annually to cover the cost of inflation using the Medicare Economic Index (MEI).

B. The coordination fee for testing for hearing loss in newborns shall be as set forth in the Fee Structure for Licensing, Laboratory and Administrative Services Provided by the Department of Health (Part 10-05-2 of this Title). This fee shall be paid to the Department by the hospital or health care facility where the birth occurred in the absence of a third-party payor. This fee shall be adjusted annually to cover the cost of inflation using the Medicare Economic Index (MEI).

1.6 Designation of the Newborn Screening Program as a Covered Benefit

A. The Newborn Screening Program shall be a covered benefit reimbursable by all health insurers, as defined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 27-38.2-2(1) except for supplemental policies that only provide coverage for specific diseases, hospital indemnity, Medicare supplement, or other supplemental policies.

B. The Rhode Island Department of Human Services shall pay for the Newborn Screening Program when the patient is eligible for Medical Assistance under the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 40-8, "Medical Assistance," or R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-12.3, "Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women.”

C. In the absence of a third-party payor, or in the absence of insurance information sufficient for billing and collection, the costs for the Newborn Screening Program, including the coordination fee, shall be paid by the hospital or other health care facility where the birth occurred. Nothing in this Part shall preclude the hospital or health care facility from billing the patient directly.

D. In the absence of a third-party payor, or in the absence of insurance information sufficient for billing and collection, the costs for the Newborn Screening Program, including the coordination fee, shall be paid by the health care facilities, and physicians and midwives who attend newborns in locations other than health care facilities.



Title 216 Rhode Island Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 05 Maternal and Child Health
Part 1 Newborn Metabolic, Endocrine, and Hemoglobinopathy Screening Program and Newborn Hearing Loss Screening Program (216-RICR-20-05-1)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 10/01/2018

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 23-13-13 and 23-13-14

Purpose and Reason :

In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Section 42-35-3(a)(1), the following is a concise statement regarding this rulemaking for Newborn Metabolic, Endocrine, and Hemoglobinopathy Screening Program and Newborn Hearing Loss Screening Program (216-RICR-20-05-1). This amendment to the regulations requires screening for Pompe, Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), and Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS-1), and removes superfluous language. During public comment, it was suggested that spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) be added to the list of conditions for which testing is conducted. RIDOH has determined that this revision will not be implemented because the inclusion of SMA in the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel is still under review by the RIDOH Newborn Screening Program and the Rhode Island Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. Once the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee recommends SMA to the Rhode Island Newborn Screening panel, RIDOH will reconsider the addition of SMA to the list of screened conditions In the development of this rule, consideration was given to: 1) alternative approaches; 2) overlap or duplication with other statutory and regulatory provisions; and 3) significant economic impact on small business. No alternative approach, duplication, or overlap was identified based on available information. RIDOH has determined that the benefits of this rule justify its costs.

There are no electronic rulemaking documents for rules filed prior to August 14, 2018. For rulemaking documents for rules filed prior to this date, please contact the appropriate agency's Rules Coordinator.