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If after a third physician's opinion, there is still a dispute over a treatment or diagnostic service, an employee may apply for an independent medical review. The employee must sign a form authorizing the release of all medical and treatment information regarding the disputed treatment/service. The employer or insurer must provide all pertinent information regarding the disputed treatment including a copy of any treating physician correspondence and a copy of all medical records used by physicians in deciding on the disputed treatment. The independent medical reviewer shall conduct a physical examination of the employee and may order any necessary diagnostic tests to resolve the dispute. The independent medical examiner must submit a report to the administrative director as to whether the disputed treatment was consistent with the utilization schedule and cite all information used in making a decision.

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Persons involved in the provision of services relating to the treatment and rehabilitation of licentiates impaired by alcohol or dangerous drugs, shall retain all records and documents for audit by the department. Records/documents are confidential and are not subject to discovery or subpoena.

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If a physician or surgeon conducts a scheduled medical procedure outside a general acute care hospital resulting in the patient's transfer to an emergency center, he must complete a form with specified information that is then placed in the patient's medical record.

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Upon determination that a physician and surgeon has been rehabilitated and completed the diversion program, the program manager must destroy all of the physician and surgeon's treatment records. Other records may be retained as specified by regulations. All committee records and records of proceedings relating to a physician and surgeon's treatment in the diversion program are confidential and not subject to discovery or subpoena, except as authorized.

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In any case where it is required that an optometrist consult with an ophthalmologist, the optometrist shall maintain a written record in the patient's file of the information provided to the ophthalmologist, the ophthalmologist's response, and any other relevant information. Upon the consulting ophthalmologist's request and with the patient's consent, the optometrist shall furnish a copy of the record to the ophthalmologist.

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Dental care providers must supply patient with a treatment plan before arranging for credit from a third party. The treatment plan must include all anticipated services and their cost.

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Every professional liability insurer, self-insured governmental agency, or licensee or his or her counsel that has received a copy of a patient's medical or hospital records must include with the liability settlement report (to be sent to the Board that licensed the licensee, i.e. the Medical Board of California, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, or the California Board of Podiatric Medicine) copies of the records and depositions. The records include those prepared by the treating physician and surgeon or podiatrist, or hospital, describing the medical condition, history, care, or treatment of the person whose death or injury is the subject of the report, or a copy of any deposition in the matter that discusses the care, treatment, or medical condition of the person. If confidentiality is required by court order and, as a result, the reporter is unable to provide the records and depositions, documentation to that effect must accompany the original report. A professional liability insurer, self-ins

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A health care provider may disclose medical information to a county social worker, a probation officer, or any other person who is legally authorized to have custody or care of a minor for the purpose of coordinating health care services and medical treatment provided to the minor.

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Any authorized person or entity requesting medical information relating to the patient's outpatient psychotherapy treatment must submit to the patient and to the health care provider, health care service plan, or contractor a signed written request that details: (1) the specific information being requested and its intended use; (2) the duration of its use before being destroyed or disposed of; (3) a statement that the information will not be used for any purpose other than its intended use; (4) a statement that the information and all copies of it will be destroyed or returned before or immediately after the length of time specified has expired. However, the written request for medical information relating to the patient's outpatient psychotherapy treatment is not required if the patient has signed and submitted to the health care provider or health care service plan a written waiver waiving notification.

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The requirement for signed written requests for medical information relating to the patient's outpatient psychotherapy treatment do not apply when: (1) the disclosure or use of medical information by a law enforcement agency or a regulatory agency is required for an investigation of unlawful activity or for licensing, certification, or regulatory purposes; (2) the disclosure of medical information is to health care providers, health care service plans, contractors, or other health care professionals or facilities for the purposes of diagnosis or treatment of the patient; or (3) A provider of health care or a health care service plan may disclose medical information by a psychotherapist if the psychotherapist, in good faith, believes the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a reasonably foreseeable victim or victims, and the disclosure is made to a person or persons reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat, including the target of the thre

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