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Summary:

Owners and laboratory directors of all clinical laboratories shall preserve medical records and laboratory records, as defined in this section, for three years from the date of testing, examination, or purchase. Failure to retain records accordingly is cause of legal action. Information in these medical records shall be confidential, with certain exceptions.

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Any medical records obtained or created for the purpose of licensure of professional athletes may not be disclosed by the licensing commission except under certain circumstances, as provided. If, after a process for participation in medical research has been adopted, the athlete consents to participation, the medical records may be used by the commission for medical research. The medical information shall not include any personally identifiable information.

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Healthcare personnel or first responders may request testing of a patient who may have exposed them to a communicable disease, provided that certain procedures are followed. Upon being informed of the communicable disease status of a source patient, the exposed individual shall be informed that he or she is subject to existing confidentiality protections for any identifying information about the communicable disease test results, and that medical information regarding the communicable disease status of the source patient shall be kept confidential and may not be further disclosed, except as otherwise authorized by law. (g) Nothing in this section authorizes the disclosure of the source patient's identity. (j) Except as otherwise provided under this section, all confidentiality requirements regarding medical records that are provided for under existing law apply to this section.

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Two or more primary care clinics that are operated by a single nonprofit corporation shall be entitled to consolidate their administrative functions, which include storing/maintaining offsite patient medical records that have been inactive for at least 3 yrs.

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General acute care hospitals shall maintain a medical records system, but it does not require electronic records or that all patient's records are stored in one place. Policies and procedures to ensure that relevant portions of patients' medical records can be made available upon request of a treating physician or other authorized person shall be developed.

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All general acute care hospitals shall maintain a medical records system, based upon current standards, that organizes all medical records for each patient under a unique identifier. All portions of patients' records need not be stored in a single location or be in electronic format.

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All general acute care hospitals shall develop and implement policies to ensure that relevant portions of patients' medical records can be made available within a reasonable period of time to respond to the request of a treating physician [and others].

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The California Health and Human Services Agency, one of its departments, or a state-designated entity shall execute tasks related to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for health information technology and exchange; and facilitate and expand the use and disclosure of health information electronically among organizations according to nationally recognized standards and implementation specifications while protecting, to the greatest extent possible, individual privacy and the confidentiality of electronic medical records.

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Upon receipt of information and documents related to a case, the independent medical review organization shall promptly review all pertinent medical records of the enrollee.

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During onsite review of the health delivery system of each health plan, the Department of Managed Health Care is authorized to review medical records when necessary to determine that quality health care is being delivered; the survey team shall insure that the confidentiality of the medical records and physician-patient confidentiality is safeguarded.

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