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An optometrist may practice optometry in any health facility or residential facility provided that certain conditions are met, including: (1) the optometrist has a primary business office (separate from the facility) that is available by telephone during normal business hours for access to patient records; (2) the optometrist complies with all state and federal laws regulations regarding maintenance and protection of health records; (3) records are maintained so that the type and extent of services provided to patients are conspicuously disclosed; (4) the records are disclosed to patients at or near the time of services rendered and are maintained in a designated office; (5) information about prescriptions issued to a patient are included in the patient's chart; (6) a copy of any referral or order requesting optometric services for a patient from the health facility's or residential care facility's administrator, director of social services, the attending physician and surgeon, the patient, or a family member shall be kept in the patient's medical record; and (7) the optometrist keeps all necessary records for a minimum of seven years from the date of service in order to disclose fully the extent of services furnished to a patient.

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The Medical Board may propose a registration program to permit the practice of medicine across state lines. The program may include standards for confidentiality, format, and retention of medical records, as well as access to medical records by the board.

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All nonresident pharmacies must comply with lawful requests for information from the regulatory/licensing agency of the state in which it is licensed and with requests from the board. All nonresident pharmacies must maintain records of controlled substances and dangerous drugs or devices dispensed to California patients and such records must be readily retrievable.

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All records of prescriptions filled by a pharmacy and records pertaining to dangerous drugs and devices must be maintained onsite and available for inspection by authorized law officers for at least 3 years.

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If the Medical Board of California, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, or the California Board of Podiatric Medicine, within 60 days of its receipt of a mandatory settlement report, notifies a person named in the report, that person shall maintain for the period of three years from the date of filing of the report any records he or she has as to the matter in question and shall make those records available upon request to the board.

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The head of a medical staff, peer review body, or licensed health care facility or clinic shall file a report with the relevant agency within 15 days after a peer review body makes a final decision to sanction a licentiate (e.g., physician and surgeon, podiatrist, clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, professional clinical counselor, dentist, physician assistant, or anyone authorized to practice medicine) based on the peer review body's investigation into any of four possible alleged malpractice actions: (1) incompetence or gross deviation from the standard of care; (2) the use or administration to oneself of controlled substances; (3) excessive furnishing of controlled substances without a lawful prescription and good faith examination/medical reason; (4) sexual misconduct with a patient during treatment or examination. The licentiate shall receive a notice of the proposed action, which shall also include notice of the licentiate’s right to submit additional explanatory or exculpatory statements. The relevant agency is entitled to inspect any statement of charges, documents, medical charts, exhibits, opinions, findings, conclusions, or any certified copy of medical records, as permitted by other applicable law. The information disclosed in the investigation shall be kept confidential and shall not be subject to discovery, though the information may be reviewed in an administrative disciplinary hearing.

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A surgical clinic that purchases drugs at wholesale for administration or dispensing to its patients must keep records of the kind and amounts of drugs purchased, administered, and dispensed. The records must be made available and maintained for a minimum of three years for inspection.

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Every health care provider, health care service plan, pharmaceutical company, or contractor who creates, maintains, preserves, stores, abandons, destroys, or disposes of medical records shall do so in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the information contained therein. The electronic health record system or electronic medical record system must: protect and preserve the integrity of electronic medical information; and automatically record and preserve any change or deletion of any electronically stored medical information, and record the identity of the person making the change. The patient's right to access or receive a copy of his or her electronic medical records upon request will be consistent with applicable state and federal laws governing patient access to medical information.

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(e)(7) Foster children who transfer to a new school shall be immediately enrolled, even if they have not met the requirements (e.g., provision of academic records, medical records, etc.) for enrollment. The educational liaison for foster children for the new school shall, within two business days of the foster child's request for enrollment, contact the school last attended by the foster child to obtain all academic and other records. The school liaison for the old school shall provide all records to the new school within two business days of receiving the request.

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The child's counsel is charged with the representation of the child's best interests and is to gather facts and present those facts to the court. The child's counsel shall have the right to access to the child's medical, dental, mental health, and other health care records, and the right to interview, caretakers, health care providers, mental health professionals, and anyone who has assessed the child or provided care to the child. The release of this information to counsel shall not constitute a waiver of the confidentiality of the reports.

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