PA 07-53—HB 6840

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING SCREENING FOR KIDNEY DISEASE

SUMMARY: This act exempts gynecologists from the requirement that a physician screen for kidney disease as part of a patient's routine general medical examination.

Under prior law, physicians had to order a serum creatinine test as part of each patient's annual physical examination if the patient had not had such a test within the preceding 12 months. The act instead requires that this test be done as part of each patient's routine general medical examination, if not performed within the past 12 months. It also specifies that these medical examinations do not include annual gynecological examinations.

Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. A serum creatinine test measures the amount of creatinine in the blood.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

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