How the Health Department Can Help You Care for TB Patients: The principal strategy for controlling tuberculosis (TB) is to promptly identify individuals with infectious TB, and then quickly provide effective treatment. Through local Chest Centers and other patient-oriented services, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene works closely with health care providers to deliver coordinated TB evaluation, testing and treatment.
We Encourage Referrals to Chest Centers: Our state-of-art Chest Centers offer essential TB services and drugs free of charge. For more information on services and locations, please see the Chest Centers webpage or call the TB Provider Hotline: (347) 396-7400.
The Bureau of TB Control’s Clinical Policies and Protocols Manual describes policies, protocols and recommendations for the prevention, treatment and control of tuberculosis.
TB Reporting Requirements
By law, medical providers, infection control practitioners, and laboratories must report all suspected or confirmed cases of tuberculosis within 24 hours of diagnosis. Routine follow-up visits must also be reported.
What to Report
See the reporting requirements for suspected and confirmed TB cases (PDF)
When to Report
Within 24 hours of diagnosis, all suspected and confirmed cases of TB must be reported by express or overnight mail, fax, telephone, or electronically. Within 48 hours, a hard copy or electronic Universal Reporting Form (Form PD-16) (PDF) must follow telephone and fax reports. In addition to the link above, forms are also available by mail. Please call the TB Provider Hotline: (347) 396-7400 to request hard copies.
How Clinicians Should Report
Use one of the following methods to report:
- Call TB Provider Hotline: (347) 396-7400 to make an initial report within 24 hours of diagnosis. A representative will take your call Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. At other times, a recorded message will provide reporting information.
- Mail a hard copy of the completed Universal Reporting Form to the Health Department within 48 hours:
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth Street, Room 315/CN-6
New York, NY 10013
Fax: (212) 788-4179
- Fax the completed Universal Reporting Form to (212) 788-4179 within 24 hours of diagnosis.
- Mail a hard copy of the form to the Health Department within
- Create an account at NYC MED
- Submit required information online within 24 hours of diagnosis.
For help with NYC MED submissions, call (888) 692-6339.
TB Provider Hotline
Mail the completed Universal Reporting Form to the Health Department within 24 hours of diagnosis. To meet the 24-hour deadline, use an overnight courier.
Electronically through NYC MED (health care providers only)
Treatment and Outpatient Follow-up
To report continuation, discontinuation, completion, and other outcomes of patient treatment, mail or fax the following form to the Health Department: Report of Patient Services (TB 65) (PDF), monthly visits of patients with active TB.
To report treatment for latent TB infection, or LTBI, please submit the following form by mail or fax to the Health Department: Reporting Form for Latent TB Infection Treatment (TB 78) (PDF)
Refer a patient for Directly Observed Therapy by using this form [PDF].
The New York City Health Code mandates health care providers to obtain approval from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene before discharging infectious TB patients from the hospital.
To find more information on these requirements and the related forms, see Hospital Discharge and Approval Request Treatment Plans (PDF)
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