TASK FORCE TO STUDY POINT-OF-CARE TESTING FOR LEAD POISONING

Clifford S. Mitchell, M.D., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Paul J. Celli; Shaketta A. Denson, Esq.; Michael J. Ichniowski, M.D.; Patricia L. McLaine, Dr.Ph.; Amy C. Richardson, M.D.

Appointed by Senate President: two vacancies

Appointed by House Speaker: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam; Nathaniel T. Oaks.

Appointed by Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene: Mary G. Mussman, M.D.; Tina Wiegand.

Staff: Nancy M. Servatius, Ph.D.

c/o Environmental Health Bureau, Prevention & Health Promotion Administration
Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston St., 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
(401) 767-6712
e-mail: nancy.servatius@maryland.gov

In July 2013, the Task Force to Study Point-of-Care Testing for Lead Poisoning was authorized (Chapter 365, Acts of 2013).

The Task Force studied and made recommendations concerning the use of point-of-care testing to screen and identify children who have elevated levels of lead in their blood. The Task Force study covered: appropriate reimbursement for point-of-care testing and reporting; the use of such testing by other states; and the benefits of point-of-care testing waived under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, which are the federal regulatory standards for clinical laboratory testing on humans. In addition, the Task Force considered barriers to point-of-care testing, such as regulations related to the licensing of medical laboratories.

On January 16, 2014, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor, Senate Finance Committee, and House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Authorization for the Task Force ended June 30, 2014.

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