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Every professional liability insurer to a licensed health care provider shall send a complete report to the pertinent board as to any settlement/arbitration award over three thousand dollars of a claim or action for damages for death or personal injury caused by that license holder's negligence, error, or omission in practice, or by his or her rendering of unauthorized professional services.

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Health care providers, health care service plans, contractors, and corporations shall not intentionally use medical information for marketing or any purpose not necessary to provide health care services to the patient unless otherwise authorized by patient.

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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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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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If a health care provider determines that the disclosure of medical information concerning the diagnosis and treatment of a mental health condition of a minor is reasonably necessary for the purpose of coordinating the treatment and care of the minor, that information may be disclosed to a county social worker, probation officer, or any other person who is legally authorized to have custody or care of the minor. The information shall not be further disclosed by the recipient unless the disclosure is for the purpose of coordinating mental health services and treatment of the minor and the disclosure is authorized by law.

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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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Any person or entity that wishes to obtain medical information pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 56.10. . . shall obtain a valid authorization for the release of this information. The authorization must be signed by the patient (or in some cases, his legal representative, spouse, or beneficiary) and states: (1) the use of the type of information to be disclosed; (2) the names of the health care provider or other parties that may disclose the information or who are authorized to receive the information; (3) the limitations on use of the information; (4) the date after which the information can no longer be disclosed.

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An authorization for an employer to disclose medical information shall be valid if it complies with all of the following: 1) must be signed by the patient (or in some cases, his legal representative, or beneficiary) and states: (1) the use of the type of information to be disclosed; (2) the names of the health care provider or other parties that may disclose the information or who are authorized to receive the info; (3) the limitations on use of the info; (4) the date after which the information can no longer be disclosed.

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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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