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Reporting Requirements

  1. Indiana statute (410 IAC 29-3-1) requires that ALL blood lead tests, REGARDLESS OF RESULTS are required to be reported to IDOH by the entity examining the specimen (i.e. Laboratory, Clinic, Physician, etc.) not later than one (1) week after completing the test.
  2. The recommended route for entities submitting blood lead level testing results to the IDOH Lead and Healthy Homes Division is through HL7 messaging or direct entry into the Lead Data Flow (LDF) database. An account will be created for each person that reports test results, allowing the user to manually enter the results into the LDF database.
    • Options and instructions for signing up for electronic reporting are found here.
    • Contact Hazarath Thanneeru (hthanneeru@isdh.in.gov) with questions about blood lead level reporting or signing up for electronic reporting
    • Additional information is found here.
  3. IDOH can also accept test results through secure fax or secure email, but this method is not recommended as the best option for submitting blood lead level testing results and should be considered a temporary or short-term option for submitting results. Per 410 IAC 29-3-1(b) any provider or lab submitting more than 50 results per year will be required to report electronically.
    • Laboratory Reporting Form - This form is only used for individual, single use reporting of blood lead test results sent via fax to IDOH.

Testing Requirements

  • Indiana statute requires that ALL children enrolled in Medicaid are to receive a blood lead level test at 12 and 24 months of age. Any child between 24 and 72 months with no record of a previous blood lead screening test must receive one.
  • *All refugee infants and children up to age 16, particularly refugee and internationally adopted children, should be evaluated with a blood test for lead exposure at the domestic medical screening visit. Repeat blood lead testing for all refugee infants and children >= 6 years of age, regardless of initial screening BLL results is to be done within 3-6 months after initial testing.

IDOH State Laboratory Testing & Supply Ordering

**Beginning 5/31/22 Blood Lead Kits and lab supplies will be ordered through LimsNet instead of through the Lead and Healthy Homes program. The link for ordering Blood Lead Kits is located on your LimsNet blood lead test order page. Additional information can be found at limsnet.isdh.in.gov . Available publications and brochures will continue to be ordered from the Lead and Healthy Homes program. See Resources & Educational Materials section.

  • The analysis of blood lead specimens and the ordering of lead testing and shipping supplies are available to participating physicians FREE of charge from the IDOH State Laboratory.