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State Department of Social Services shall investigate any threat to the health and safety of children placed by social services agency in an out-of-state group home. This authority shall include the authority to interview children or staff in private or review their file. Participants in multidisciplinary team responsible to obtain an assessment and placement recommendation for each child shall have knowledge or experience in the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases, and shall be qualified to recommend services related to child abuse.

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Application for compensation of claims arising from 1989 Bay Bridge or I-880 collapse shall contain an authorization permitting the board to obtain relevant medical records, name of the injured party or decedents.

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The department shall implement an Internet-based electronic death registration system for the creation, storage, and transfer of death registration information. The electronic death registration system shall protect the proper use of the death registration information created, stored, and transferred within the system; and shall be subject to any limitation placed on the accessibility and release of personally identifying information contained in those death records by any other provision of law or subsequently enacted legislation.

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Through the department’s Web site and via electronic mail, the Department of Public Health may advise out-of-state laboratories of new reporting requirements for reportable diseases and conditions for California residents

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In order for the ombudsman office to carry out its duties, the office shall have access to the medical or personal records of a patient or resident that are retained by the long-term care facility under the following conditions: (a) with written consent of the patient/resident if they have the ability to write, (b) with oral consent of the patient with third party witness, (c) with permission of guardian or conservator unless such person is unknown, cannot be reached within 3 working days, or there is reason to believe that such person is not acting in the best interests of the patient.

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The section provides immunity to consultants who communicate with the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care for the purpose of determining whether health care services are being provided in accordance with the Knox-Keene Act of 1975. Nothing in the code section alters existing laws regarding the confidentiality of medical records.

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All people have an inalienable right to privacy, although there are situations in which the individual's right to privacy is limited by certain conditions. Cases specify that 1) a defendant in §1983 civil rights action cannot rely on privacy right to withhold medical records from treating physician contained in worker's compensation file; 2) crime victim's privacy to medical records must be balanced against defendant's Sixth Amendment right to cross-examination;3) health plan's disclosure to attorneys of medical information of patients contemplating or making medical malpractice claims did not violate right to privacy; 4) sperm donor non-identifying medical information can be released to sperm purchaser (parents, child); 5) intercollegiate drug testing monitoring by urine tests OK because student's privacy interests reduced by voluntary participation in sport.)

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The retirement board of a public pension or retirement system shall administer the system to deliver benefits and services to beneficiaries and participants. In CA. Op. Atty. Gen. No. 04-408 (February 23, 2005), the Attorney General concluded that a county retirement board may meet in closed session to discuss and evaluate medical records submitted in connection with an employee's application for a disability retirement.

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The Department of Education shall create a computerized data-matching system using its own and Department of Health Care Services' Medi-Cal databases to automatically enroll eligible children into subsidized meal programs. The Department of Health Care Services must conduct the data match of local school records and return a list to the Department of Education, including only the data fields submitted by the department and an indicator of program eligibility, as required by federal law.

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The confidentiality of information under (c) shall be maintained. Information under (c) shall only be used for the following purposes: to provide immunization services to the patient or client, to provide third-party payer immunization payments, to compile and distribute statistical information (without identifying information), and as physicians are authorized by Division 1, Part 2.6 of the Civil Code.

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