Bill Text: VA HB2731 | 2019 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Lyme disease; disclosure of information to patients.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 3-1)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-18 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0435) [HB2731 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2019-HB2731-Chaptered.html

An Act to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1 a section numbered 32.1-137.06, relating to Lyme disease test result information.
[H 2731]
Approved March 18, 2019


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 5 of Title 32.1 a section numbered 32.1-137.06 as follows:

§32.1-137.06. Lyme disease test result information.

A. Every laboratory reporting the results of a test for Lyme disease ordered in an office-based setting by a health care provider shall include a notice to be provided together with such test results when such test results are reported to the health care provider that states: PATIENTS UNDERGOING A LYME DISEASE TEST SHOULD BE AWARE THAT LYME DISEASE TESTS VARY AND MAY PRODUCE RESULTS THAT ARE INACCURATE. THIS MEANS A PATIENT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RELY ON A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULT. HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DISCUSS LYME DISEASE TEST RESULTS WITH THE PATIENT FOR WHOM THE TEST WAS ORDERED.

B. A laboratory that complies with this section shall be immune from civil liability absent gross negligence or willful misconduct.