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hold document may be issued for aliens who:
(1) Are not in possession of a valid medical notification, if required;
(2) Have a medical notification which is incomplete;
(3) Have a medical notification which is not written in English;
(4) Are suspected to have an excludable medical condition.
(e) The Attorney General, after consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, may in emergency circumstances permit the medical examination of refugees to be completed in the United States.
(f) All medical examinations shall be carried out in accordance with such technical instructions for physicians conducting the medical examination of aliens as may be issued by the Director. Copies of such technical instructions are available upon request to the Director, Division of Quarantine, Mailstop E03, CDC, Atlanta GA 30333.
(56 FR 25002, May 31, 1991)
civil surgeon before a medical notification may be issued.
(3) Sputum smear examination. All aliens subject to the chest X-ray examination requirement and for whom the radiograph shows an abnormality consistent with pulmonary tuberculosis shall be required to have a sputum smear examination for acid-fast bacilli.
(4) How and where performed. All chest X-ray films used in medical examinations performed under the regulations in this part shall be large enough to encompass the entire chest (approximately 14 by 17 inches; 35.6x43.2 cm.). Serologic testing for HIV shall be a sensitive and specific test, confirmed when positive by a test such as the Western blot test or an equally reliable test. For aliens examined abroad, the serologic testing for HIV must be completed abroad, except that the Attorney General after consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services may in emergency circumstances permit serologic testing of refugees for HIV to be completed in the United States.
(5) Chest X-ray, laboratory, and treatment reports. The chest X-ray reading and serologic test results for syphilis and HIV shall be included in the medical notification. When the medical examiner's conclusions are based on a study of more than one chest X-ray film, the medical notification shall include at least a summary statement of findings of the earlier films, followed by a complete reading of the last film, and dates and details of any laboratory tests and treatment for tuberculosis.
(c) Procedure for transmitting records. For aliens issued immigrant visas, the medical notification and chest X-ray film, if any, shall be placed in a separate envelope which shall be sealed and attached to the alien's visa in such a manner as to be readily detached at the U.S. port of entry. When more than one chest X-ray film is used as a basis for the examiner's conclusions, all films shall be included.
(d) Failure to present records. When a determination of admissibility is to be made at the U.S. port of entry, a medical hold document shall be issued pending completion of any necessary examination procedures. A medical
$ 34.4 Medical notifications.
(a) Medical examiners shall issue medical notifications of their findings of the presence or absence of Class A or Class B medical conditions. The presence of such condition must have been clearly established.
(b) Class A medical notifications. (1) The medical examiner shall report his/ her findings to the consular officer or the INS by Class A medical notification which lists the specific condition for which the alien may be excluded, if an alien is found to have:
(i) A communicable disease of public health significance;
(ii)(A) A physical or mental disorder, and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others; or
(B) A history of a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder, which behavior has posed a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others and which behavior is likely to recur or lead to other harmful behavior;
(iii) Drug abuse or addition.
the medical notification form and shall report his findings to the consular or INS officer.
(56 FR 25003, May 31, 1991)
$34.5 Postponement of medical exam
ination. Whenever, upon an examination, the medical examiner is unable to determine the physical or mental condition of an alien, completion of the medical examination shall be postponed for such observation and further examination of the alien as may be reasonably necessary to determine his/her physical or mental condition. The examination shall be postponed for aliens who have an acute infectious disease until the condition is resolved. The alien shall be referred for medical care as necessary.
(56 FR 25003, May 31, 1991)
Provided, however, That a Class A medical notification of a physical or mental disorder, and behavior associated with that disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others, shall in no case be issued with respect to an alien having only mental shortcomings due to ignorance, or suffering only from a condition attributable to remediable physical causes or of a temporary nature, caused by a toxin, medically prescribed drug, or disease.
(2) The medical notification shall state the nature and extent of the abnormality; the degree to which the alien is incapable of normal physical activity; and the extent to which the condition is remediable. The medical examiner shall indicate the likelihood, that because of the condition, the applicant will require extensive medical care or institutionalization.
(c) Class B medical notifications. (1) If an alien is found to have a physical or mental abnormality, disease, or disability serious in degree or permanent in nature amounting to a substantial departure from normal well-being, the medical examiner shall report his/her findings to the consular or INS officer by Class B medical notification which lists the specific conditions found by the medical examiner. Provided, however, that a Class B medical notification shall in no case be issued with respect to an alien having only mental shortcomings due to ignorance, or suffering only from a condition attributable to remediable physical causes or of a temporary nature, caused by a toxin, medically prescribed drug, or disease.
(2) The medical notification shall state the nature and extent of the abnormality, the degree to which the alien is incapable of normal physical activity, and the extent to which the condition is remediable. The medical examiner shall indicate the likelihood, that because of the condition, the applicant will require extensive medical care or institutionalization.
(d) Other medical notifications. If as a result of the medical examination, the medical examiner does not find a Class A or Class B condition in an alien, the medical examiner shall so indicate on
$34.6 Applicability of Foreign Quar
antine Regulations. Aliens arriving at a port of the United States shall be subject to the applicable provisions of 42 CFR part 71, Foreign Quarantine, with respect to examination and quarantine measures.
(56 FR 25003, May 31, 1991)
$34.7 Medical and other care; death.
(a) An alien detained by or in the custody of the INS may be provided medical, surgical, psychiatric, or dental care by the Public Health Service through interagency agreements under which the INS shall reimburse the Public Health Service. Aliens found to be in need of emergency care in the course of medical examination shall be treated to the extent deemed practical by the attending physician and if considered to be in need of further care, may be referred to the INS along with the physician's recommendations cerning such further care.
(b) In case of the death of an alien, the body shall be delivered to the consular or immigration authority concerned. If such death occurs in the United States, or in a territory or possession thereof, public burial shall be provided upon request of the INS and subject to its agreement to pay the
burial expenses. Autopsies shall not be performed unless approved by the INS. (56 FR 25003, May 31, 1991)
$34.8 Reexamination; convening of re
view boards; expert witnesses; re
ports. (a) The Director shall convene a board of medical officers to reexamine an alien:
(1) Upon the request of the INS for a reexamination by such a board; or
(2) Upon an appeal to the INS by an alien who, having received a medical examination in connection with the determination of admissiblity to the United States (including examination on arrival and adjustment of status as provided in the immigration laws and regulations) has been certified for a Class A condition.
(b) For boards convened to reexamine aliens certified as:
(1) Having a communicable disease of public health significance, the board shall consist of three medical officers, at least one of whom is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of the communicable disease for which medical notification has been made, and the decision of the majority of the board shall prevail;
(2)(i) Having a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others; or
(ii) Having a history of a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder, which behavior has posed a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others and which behavior is likely to recur or lead to other harmful behavior; or
(iii) Being a drug abuser or addict;
(3) In circumstances covered by paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the board shall consist of three medical officers, at least one of whom shall be a board certified psychiatrist, and the decision of the majority of the board shall prevail.
(c) Reexamination shall include:
(1) Review of all records submitted by the alien, other witnesses, the board;
(2) Use of any laboratory or additional studies which are deemed clinically necessary as a result of the phys
ical examination or pertinent information elicited from the alien's medical history;
(3) Consideration of statements regarding the alien's physical or mental condition made by a physician after his/her examination of the alien; and
(4) An independent physical or psychiatric examination of the alien performed by the board, at the board's option.
(d) An alien who is to be reexamined shall be notified of the time and place of his/her reexamination not less than 5 days prior thereto.
(e) The alien, at his/her own cost and expense, may introduce as witnesses before the board such physicians or medical experts as the board may in its discretion permit; provided that the alien shall be permitted to introduce at least one expert medical witness. If any witnesses offered are not permitted by the board to testify, the record of the proceedings shall show the reason for the denial of permission.
(f) Witnesses before the board shall be given a reasonable opportunity to examine the medical notification and other records involved in the reexamination and to present all relevant and material evidence orally or in writing until such time as the proceedings are declared by the board to be closed. During the course of the hearing the alien's attorney or representative shall be permitted to examine the alien and he/she, or the alien, shall be permitted to examine any witnesses offered in the alien's behalf and to cross-examine any witnesses called by the board. If the alien does not have an attorney or representative, the board shall assist the alien in the presentation of his/her case to the end that all of the material and relevant facts may be considered.
(g) The findings and conclusions of the board shall be based on its medical examination of the alien, if any, and on the evidence presented and made a part of the record of its proceedings.
(h) The board shall report its findings and conclusions to the INS, and shall also give prompt notice thereof to the alien if his/her reexamination has been based on his/her appeal. The board's report to the INS shall specifically affirm, modify, or reject the findings and
Subpart C-Disposition of Articles
Produced by Patients 35.31 Retention by patients. 35.32 Board of appraisers. 35.33 Sale; prices; deposit of proceeds. 35.34 Resale. 35.35 Unsalable articles.
conclusions of prior examining medical officers.
(i) The board shall issue its medical notification in accordance with the applicable provisions of this part if it finds that an alien it has reexamined has a Class A or Class B condition.
(j) If the board finds that an alien it has reexamined does not have a Class A or Class B condition, it shall issue its medical notification in accordance with the applicable provisions of this part.
(k) After submission of its report, the board shall not be reconvened, nor shall a new board be convened, in connection with the same application for admission or for adjustment of status, except upon the express authorization of the Director.
Subpart D-Disposal of Money and Effects
of Deceased Patients
35.41 Inventory. 35.42 Notice upon death. 35.43 Delivery only upon filing claim; forms;
procedure. 35.44 Delivery to legal representative; to
other claimants if value is $1,000 or less. 35.45 Disposition of effects; exceptions. 35.46 Conflicting claims. 35.47 Disposition of Government checks. 35.48 Deposit of unclaimed money; sale of
unclaimed effects and deposit of pro
ceeds. 35.49 Sale of unclaimed effects; procedures. 35.50 Disposition of unsold effects. 35.51 Manner of delivery; costs, receipts. 35.52 Delivery of possession only; title unaf
(56 FR 25004, May 31, 1991)
PART 35—HOSPITAL AND STATION
Subpart E-Contributions for the Benefit of
Sec. 35.1 Hospital and station rules. 35.2 Compliance with hospital rules. 35.3 Noncompliance; deprivation of privi
leges. 35.4 Noncompliance; discharge or transfer. 35.5 Entitlement to care after discharge or
transfer by reason of noncompliance. 35.6 Admissions; determination of eligi
bility for care. 35.7 Admissions; designation of person to be
notified. 35.8 Safekeeping of money and effects; with
drawals. 35.9 Disposition of money and effects left by
other than deceased patients. 35.10 Destruction of effects dangerous to
health. 35.11 Clinical records; confidential. 35.12 Solicitation of legal business prohib
ited. 35.13 Entry for negotiation of release or set
tlement. 35.14 Solicitation of legal business; negotia
tion of release or settlement; assistance
prohibited. 35.15 Consent to operative procedures. 35.16 Autopsies and other post-mortem op
erations. 35.17 Fees and charges for copying, certifi
cation, search of records and related services.
35.61 Applicability. 35.62 Acceptance of contributions. 35.63 Report of and accounting for contribu
tions. 35.64 Donors. 35.65 Acceptable personal property. 35.66 Expenditure of cash contributions,
AUTHORITY: Sec. 215, 58 Stat. 690, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 216, sec. 321, 53 Stat. 695, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 248, unless otherwise noted.
SOURCE: 21 FR 9830, Dec. 12, 1956, unless otherwise noted.
$ 35.1 Hospital and station rules.
The officer in charge of a station or hospital of the Service is authorized to adopt such rules and issue such instructions, not inconsistent with the regulations in this part and other provisions of law, as he deems necessary for the efficient operation of the station or hospital and for the proper and humane care and treatment of all patients therein. All general rules governing the conduct and privileges of patients, and of members of the public
Subpart B-Transfer of Patients
35.21 Authorization of transfer.
while on the premises, shall be posted in prominent places.
$35.2 Compliance with hospital rules.
All patients and visitors in stations and hospitals of the Service are expected to comply with the rules and instructions issued under the authority of the officer in charge.
$ 35.5 Entitlement to care after dis
charge or transfer by reason of non
compliance. No person otherwise entitled to care, treatment, or hospitalization at Service facilities, or in other facilities at the expense of the Service, shall be denied such care or treatment by reason of his prior discharge or transfer from any such facility under the provisions of $35.4.
$35.3 Noncompliance; deprivation of
privileges. Any patient who wilfully fails or refuses to comply with rules or instructions of a hospital or station or with regulations of the Service, may, by the direction of the officer in charge, be deprived of recreational or other privileges accorded patients. Any visitor who wilfully fails or refuses to comply with any such rules, instructions, or regulations may, by direction of the officer in charge, be denied visiting privileges.
$ 35.6 Admissions; determination of eli
gibility for care. Except as may otherwise be provided for specific classes of patients by the regulations of this chapter, the officer in charge of the station or hospital to which application is made is authorized to determine the eligibility of applicants, as beneficiaries of the Service, for care and for treatment. Such determinations shall be subject to review by the chief of the division of the Service responsible for administration of the station or hospital concerned upon referral made by the officer in charge in doubtful cases or upon appeal made by an applicant who has been denied care or treatment.
$35.7 Admissions; designation of per
son to be notified. Every in-patient, at the time of admission to the hospital or station or as soon thereafter as practicable, shall be requested to designate a person or persons to be notified in case of emergency.
$ 35.4 Noncompliance; discharge
transfer. (a) If the officer in charge finds, upon investigation, that a patient other than a leprosy patient, by willful and persistent failure or refusal to comply with such rules, instructions, or regulations is seriously impeding the course of his own care and treatment, or that of other patients, he may (1) discharge the patient, or (2) if the patient is not a voluntary patient, arrange for his transfer to the custody of the authority responsible for his admission to the station or hospital. No patient shall be discharged or transferred on account of noncompliance if to do so would seriously endanger his life or health, nor shall any patient be discharged if his failure to comply is due, in the opinion of the officer in charge, to a mental disease or disorder.
(b) If the ischarge or transfer of a patient is likely to endanger the health of persons other than the patient or officers or employees of the station or hospital, the officer in charge shall give advance notice to appropriate State, county, or municipal authorities of the discharge or transfer.
$ 35.8 Safekeeping of money and ef
fects; withdrawals. (a) A place for the safekeeping of money and effects of patients shall be provided at each station or hospital, and an itemized receipt therefor shall be furnished to the patient and to any other person who places money or effects therein for the benefit of the patient.
(b) Money and effects may be withdrawn only by or on behalf of the patient, by his legally appointed representative authorized to receive or dispose of his property (including the money and effects in the custody of the station or hospital), or by a person who is authorized, under the law of the