April 01, 2022

Pennsylvania Practice Matters – April 2022

Reduced value for elevated lead level
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its blood lead reference value (BLRV) from 5 µg/dL to 3.5 µg/dL. The Lead Exposure Prevention and Advisory Committee (LEPAC) recommended this reduced value on May 14, 2021. The Pennsylvania Department of Health adopted the lower BLRV of 3.5 ug/dl, as found in Advisory #623 on Jan. 23, 2022.

Online submission for Obstetrical (OB) Needs Assessment forms
OB Care is a simple online application that offers an efficient way for you to fill out and submit the Obstetrical Needs Assessment form (ONAF). Visit obcare.optum.com to learn more and create an account. Find instructions on how to complete the ONAF in the OB Care user guide.

Tobacco treatment resources
The CDC has clinical resources as well as current evidence and clinical guidelines for treating tobacco use and dependence. You’ll also find tools to help integrate tobacco treatment into routine care. Visit CDC Smoking & Tobacco Use for more information.

Reportable conditions
Guidelines for Pennsylvania licensed health care professionals to follow for reportable conditions can be found on the Pennsylvania Bulletin at pacodeandbulletin.gov. You’ll need to follow these guidelines when you identify a patient with any diagnosis on the list located at health.pa.gov. To report these conditions electronically, go to health.pa.gov.

Questions? Call the Special Needs Unit hotline at 877-844-8844.

Reporting suspected abuse or neglect
The law requires you to report suspected abuse or neglect for children and adults in one of the following ways:

Resources

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