Information for Healthcare Providers

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act)

The HIPAA Privacy Act permits physicians, their office staff, and other covered entities to disclose protected health information to public health authorities without the patient’s written authorization for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease. This includes conducting public health surveillance, investigations, and/or interventions.

For more information about privacy rule and public health see:

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

EPT is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea. Healthcare providers administer prescriptions or medicine to the patient to take to his or her partner, without the healthcare provider first examining the partner. For more information, click here.

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) does not offer screening or treatment for STDs.

CDC has treatment guidelines published on their website. You can access the full guidelines here and the pocket guide here.

Tuberculosis (TB)

SWUPHD does not treat any latent TB (LTBI) cases, but does work in conjunction with healthcare providers to guide treatment and testing options.

SWUPHD does treat Active TB disease and completes DOT with these clients while working in conjunction with the provider.

PPD skin tests are completed at the Health Department on a walk-in basis (with the exception of Thursdays). Quantiferon TB Gold (QFT) and T-SPOT testing are not performed by the Health Department.

For more information please see the UDOH TB Program Guidelines here. You can also view CDC LTBI Treatment here and the Utah Administrative Code regarding TB Control and Refugee Health Laws here.

Who should report?

Utah Code 26-6-6 – Duty to report individual suspected of having communicable disease.

The following shall report to the department or the local health department regarding any individual suffering from or suspected of having a disease that is communicable, as required by department rule:

  1. Health care providers as defined in Section 78-14-3;
  2. Facilities licensed under Title 26, Chapter 21, Health Care Facility Licensure and Inspection Act;
  3. Health care facilities operated by the federal government;
  4. Mental health care facilities;
  5. Care facilities licensed by the Department of Human Services;
  6. Nursing homes and other care facilities;
  7. Dispensaries, clinics or laboratories that diagnose, test, or otherwise care for individuals who are suffering from a disease suspected of being communicable;
  8. Individuals who have knowledge of others who have a communicable disease;
  9. Individuals in charge of schools having responsibility for any individuals who have a disease suspected of being communicable; and
  10. Child care programs, as defined in Section 26-39-102.

Food establishments, and any individual having knowledge of an animal bite should also report any known information to the Health Department for further investigation.

When to report?

Reporting can be completed by telephone, fax, or email for outbreaks and diseases noted in the top section of the reportable disease list. Please note the top section of the reportable disease list should be reported within 24 hours of a suspect diagnosis.

Conditions listed in the bottom half of the disease list can be reported within 3 working days of identification.

What to report?

The list of 75 reportable diseases for the State of Utah can be found here.

Why report?

The information obtained by reporting allows the health department to make informed decisions concerning activities, the environment (such as food handling, insect control, and animal control), STD (sexually-transmitted disease) tracking and immunization programs.

Please remember that the healthcare provider is bound by law to report these events to the Health Department. People with any of the diseases listed in the state’s reporting schedule should make every effort to cooperate with the communicable disease investigators. Cooperation may help locate the source of an infection or prevent an epidemic.

How to report?

You can report in any of the following ways:

Utah Department of Health (UDOH)

For 24-hour Urgent Event & Disease Reporting, call 1-888-374-8824

Southwest Utah Public Health Department

Danielle Timothy, RN, BSN
Epidemiologist & TB Nurse

620 South 400 East
St. George, UT 84770
Office – (435) 652-4068, Work Cell (435) 668-0342

Additional Information

The health department will call or fax the reporting healthcare provider when additional patient information is needed to complete the investigation. This may include clarification about the patient’s knowledge about the diagnosis.