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Data collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for certain projects shall become public information, with due regard for the confidentiality of individual patient information.

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Every general acute care hospital and ambulatory surgery clinic shall file a data record with the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development for each ambulatory surgery performed. This information is confidential and identifiable patient data shall be exempt from the Public Records Act.

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Every hospital must file an Emergency Care Data Record for each emergency patient encounter with the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development. This information is confidential and identifiable patient data is exempt from the Public Records Act.

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The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development shall publish risk-adjusted outcome reports for surgical procedures by individual hospital and individual surgeon unless the office determines that it is not appropriate to report by individual surgeon. The office may decide to report nonsurgical procedures and conditions by individual physician when it is appropriate. Patient medical record numbers and any other data elements that the office believes could be used to determine the identity of an individual patient shall be exempt from the disclosure requirements of the California Public Records Act.

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Emergency physicians must have policies regarding providing discounted services to low-income patients, and when patient debt is advanced for collection. For a patient that provides information that he or she may be a patient with high medical costs , the owner of patient debt (including hospital, emergency physician, or a collection agency), may not report adverse information to a consumer credit reporting agency or commence a civil action until 150 days after the initial billing. A collection agency may only use a wage garnishment as a means of collection if: 1) The collection agency files a noticed motion supported by a declaration identifying the basis for the belief that the patient has the ability to make payments; and 2) the court considers the motion in light of additional information provided by the patient, including information about probable future medical expenses based on the current condition of the patient.

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Applicants for the Postsurgical Care pilot program shall agree to provide statistical data and patient information that the office deems necessary for effective evaluation. The office shall assure patient confidentiality and only disclose patient information as necessary.

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Any authorized officer, employee, or agent of OSHPD may inspect any records, including the patient records of a pilot project participant, at any reasonable time to ensure compliance or prevent violation or this section.

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OSHPD shall collect the following health facility or clinical data for use by all state agencies: data required as per 127285, data required in Medi-Cal cost reports, and data items formerly required by CHFC. Information collected under 128735(g), 128736, and 128737 shall be available to the Department of Health Services and the Department shall ensure that the patient's rights to confidentiality are preserved.

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Each hospital shall file an Emergency Care Data Record with OSHPD for each patient encounter in the emergency department that includes date of birth, sex, race, ethnicity, language spoken, zip code, social security number, service date, principal diagnosis, other diagnoses, principal external cause of injury, other external cause of injury, principal procedure, other procedures, disposition of patient, source of payment, and items added as per 128738. Patient rights of confidentiality shall be reserved. Social security numbers and other personally identifying data shall be exempt from the Public Records Act disclosure requirements.

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Each hospital and ambulatory surgery clinic shall file an Ambulatory Surgery Data Record for each patient encounter in the emergency department that includes date of birth, sex, race, ethnicity, language spoken, zip code, social security number, service date, principal diagnosis, other diagnoses, principal external cause of injury, other external cause of injury, principal procedure, other procedures, disposition of patient, source of payment, and items added as per 128738. Patient rights of confidentiality shall be reserved. Social security numbers and other personally identifying data shall be exempt from the Public Records Act disclosure requirements.

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