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The State Department of Health Care Services and Social Services may utilize an entity (contractor, county consortia, nonprofit providers, partnerships) to develop and complete a comprehensive plan pertaining to statewide eligibility and enrollment determination process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, the Medi-Cal program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Such an entity shall be required to comply with (among others) the applicable privacy and security requirements, such as the protection of personal health information, as defined by applicable federal and state regulations; as well as the rules and regulations governing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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The Department of Health Services may make rules and regulations governing the custody, use, and preservation of all records, papers, files, and communications pertaining to the administration of the laws relating to the Medi-Cal program, prepaid health plans, and adult day health care programs. The rules and regulations shall be binding on all departments, officials, and employees of the state, or of any political subdivision of the state and may provide for giving information to or exchanging information with various government and public or private agencies that are engaged in planning, providing, or securing such services for recipients or applicants; and for making case records available for research purposes, provided that that research will not result in the disclosure of the identity of applicants for or recipients of those services.

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Physician reimbursement claims must be accompanied by a list of patient names. The agency administering the claim must give the list of names full confidentiality protections.

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The protection and advocacy agency shall have access to the medical and other records of the following persons with disabilities: 1) any person who is a client of or requested assistance from the agency if the agency has received authorization for such access from the person or person's designated agent or other legal representative, although the person may subsequently deny such access; 2) any person that cannot be located and who is unable to authorize access due to mental or physical condition, who does not have a legal representative, and the agency has received a complaint or there is probable cause that the individual has been subject to abuse or neglect; 3) any person who is deceased and the agency has received a complaint or there is probable cause that the individual was abused or neglected; and, 4) any person as in (2) who has a legal representative and such representative has been contacted by the agency, the agency offered the representative assistance in resolving the situation, and the represent

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Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, information and records shall be disclosed for research, provided that the Director of Mental Health or the Director of Developmental Services designates by regulation, rules for the conduct of research and requires the research to be first reviewed by the appropriate institutional review board or boards. The rules shall include the requirement that all researchers sign an oath of confidentiality.

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Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, information and records shall be disclosed to the courts, as necessary to the administration of justice.

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Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, information and records shall be disclosed to a quality assurance program committee.

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In the event of the death of hospitalized patient by any cause, the State Department of Mental Health, the physician in charge of the patient, or person in charge of the facility, shall release information acquired while providing services to the patient under Division 5, 6, or 7 to the coroner unless such disclosure is prohibited under this section. Information about the personal life of the patient that is unrelated to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient's physical condition shall not be released. Any information released to the coroner shall not become part of the public record.

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The State Department shall publish annual reports about the operation of this division. Each local mental health director and each facility providing services pursuant to this division shall provide the Department any information, records and report which the department requests and finds necessary for such report. The department shall not have access to any patient name identifiers.

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The Medical Board of California shall contract with an independent entity to conduct a comprehensive study of the peer review process. (e) The case files and other information obtained by the independent entity shall be confidential. The independent entity shall not release the case files or other information it obtains to any individual, agency, or entity, including the board, except as aggregate data, examples, or in the final report submitted to the board and the Legislature, but in no case shall information released under these exemptions be identifiable in any way or associated with, or related to, a specific facility, individual, or peer review body. (f) Information obtained by the independent entity, including raw data, patient information, case files or records, interviews and records of interviews, etc., shall not be subject to discovery/subpoena/subpoena duces tecum and shall not be admissible as evidence in any court of law in this state. The information described in this subdivision shall be subje

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