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Within 30 days after the death or incapacity of a dentist, the contracting dentist or dentists shall send notification of the death or incapacity by mail to the last known address of each current patient of record with an explanation of how copies of the patient's records may be obtained. This notice may also contain any other relevant information concerning the continuation of the dental practice. The failure to comply with the notification requirement within the 30-day period shall be grounds for terminating the operation of the dental practice under subdivision (b). The contracting dentist or dentists shall obtain a form signed by the patient, or the patient's guardian or legal representative, that releases the patient's confidential dental records to the contracting dentist or dentists prior to use of those records.

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A health care provider may decline to permit inspection or provide copies of mental health records to the patient at the patient's request when there is a substantial risk of adverse or detrimental consequences to the patient inspecting her own mental health records, subject to certain conditions, including: (1) The health care provider must make a written record, to be included with the mental health records requested, explaining the health care provider's reason for refusal. (2) The health care provider shall permit inspection by, or provide copies of the mental health records to, a licensed physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed clinical social worker, designated by request of the patient. Those who are allowed to inspect the patient’s mental health records shall not permit inspection or copying by the patient.

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Unless otherwise stated, a person authorized to make health care decisions for a patient has the same rights as the patient to request, receive, examine, copy, consent to disclosure of medical or any other health care information.

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This chapter does not require a health care provider to permit access to alcohol and drug abuse records that is prohibited by federal and other laws. Records subject to those laws are subject to this chapter to the extent that disclosure is permitted. This chapter does not require a health care provider to allow access of records of communicable disease carriers that is prohibited by law to protect confidentiality.

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(d) The electronic disclosure of test results under this section shall be in accordance with any applicable federal law governing privacy and security of electronic personal health records. However, any state statute that governs privacy and security of electronic personal health records, shall apply to test results under this section and shall prevail over federal law if federal law permits.

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Upon the request by a patient's family member or other designated person, the treatment facility shall disclose the patient's diagnosis, prognosis, medications proscribed, and any progress patient makes, if the patient authorizes such disclosure when notified of the request. This section does not require the photocopying of patient medical records.

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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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Within a telemedicine scenario, all existing laws regarding patient access to medical information and copies of medical records apply, and dissemination of any patient identifiable images or information from the telemedicine interaction to researchers or other entities shall not occur without the consent of the patient;

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A nonresident pharmacy must provide for a free phone service between in-state patients and pharmacists with access to patient records.

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When medical provider fails to comply with request for access to patient records, demanding party may apply to court for order to show cause.

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