Tuberculosis: Provider Resources

The Health Department Can Help You Care for TB Patients: The principal strategy for controlling TB is to promptly identify individuals with infectious TB, and then quickly provide effective treatment. The Health Department works closely with health care providers to deliver coordinated TB evaluation, testing and treatment.

We Encourage Referrals to Chest Centers: The Health Department’s state-of-art Chest Centers  offer essential TB services and drugs free of charge.

  • TB Provider Hotline: (844) 713-0559 (toll-free) — Call to report cases, refer patients, and get expert medical consultation.
  • Clinical Policies and Protocols Manual — Policies, protocols and recommendations for the prevention, treatment and control of TB.

TB Reporting Requirements

By law, medical, dental and osteopathic and other health care providers and infection control practitioners and administrators of hospital or other institutions providing care and treatment, are required to report all suspected or confirmed cases of TB within 24 hours of diagnosis or clinical suspicion.

Medical providers must report these patients even though microbiologists and pathologists are also required to report findings consistent with TB. Under certain circumstances, providers may need to submit an updated or corrected report.

How to Report +

Electronically (Preferred Method)
Providers must create an account at NYCMED (for help, call (888) 692-6339) and submit an electronic Universal Reporting Form.

Laboratories must report through NY State's Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS)

A portion of the initial culture must be sent for DNA analysis to the NYC Public Health Laboratory (455 First Avenue, Room 236; New York, NY 10016) within 24 hours of observing growth of M. tuberculosis complex in a culture from any specimen.

Via Telephone

  • Call the TB Provider Hotline, (844) 713-0559 (toll-free), to make an initial report within 24 hours of diagnosis. A representative will take your call Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. At other times, a recorded message will provide reporting instructions.
  • Within 48 hours, mail a hard copy of the completed Universal Reporting Form (PDF) to:

    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    42-09 28th Street, CN #22
    Long Island City, NY 11101

Via Fax

  • Fax the completed Universal Reporting Form to (844) 713-0557/0558 (toll-free) within 24 hours of diagnosis.
  • Mail a hard copy of the form to the Health Department at the address shown above within 48 hours.

Via Mail
Mail the completed Universal Reporting Form to the Health Department at the address shown above within 24 hours of diagnosis. To meet the 24-hour deadline, use an overnight courier.

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Testing Guidelines

Treatment and Outpatient Follow-up

Mail or fax the following forms to the Health Department for each patient being treatment for active TB:

Refer a patient for Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) using the DOT Referral Form (PDF)

Report treatment for Latent TB Infection (LTBI) by submitting the Latent TB Infection Therapy Report (TB 78) (PDF) via mail or fax.

Discharge of an Infectious (sputum smear positive) TB Patient

The New York City Health Code mandates health care providers to obtain approval from the Health Department at least 72 hours prior to discharging infectious TB patients from the hospital. Weekend and holiday discharge arrangements should be made in advance.

  • Hospital Discharge Planning Checklist (PDF) — Can help determine whether a patient may be discharged.
  • Hospital Discharge Approval Request Form (PDF) — Should be submitted by fax to (844) 713-0557/0558 (toll-free) between 8 AM and 5 PM. Within 24 hours, the Health Department will notify the provider of any additional information or actions required for approval prior to discharge.