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Whenever an applicant is denied participation in the alcohol/narcotics diversion program or a terminated for any reason other than the successful completion of the program, and it is determined that the continued practice of physical therapy by that individual creates too great a risk to the public health, safety, and welfare, that fact shall be reported to the executive officer of the board and all documents and information pertaining to and supporting that conclusion shall be provided to the executive officer.

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The Department of Health Services must conduct special investigations of the sources of morbidity and mortality and its effects on public health. The department may also be required to obtain information from other government agencies as to the effect of the conditions on public health.

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The State Department of Health Services or entities funded by the Prostate Cancer Screening Program shall collect personal and medical information necessary from individuals applying for services under the program. This information will be confidential and shall not be disclosed other than for purposes directly connected with the administration of the program or with prior written consent of the subject. The information may also be disclosed to medical personnel, fiscal intermediaries of the state, state public health agencies to the extent necessary for the group.

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The Department of Health Services shall establish (1) a list of reportable diseases and conditions to be properly reported by the health officer, and (2) a list of communicable diseases and conditions for which clinical laboratories shall submit a culture or a specimen to the local public health laboratory and the State Public Health Laboratory. The laboratory report shall be submitted electronically in a manner specified by the department; laboratories that receive incomplete patient information may report the name of the provider who submitted the request to the local health officer.

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An agency possessing immunization information listed in (c)(1) to (9), if planning to disclose information to an immunization system, shall inform the patient that: the information may be shared, information shared will be treated as confidential, the patient has the right to examine any information shared and correct errors, the patient or their parent or guardian may refuse to allow the information to be shared. If patient refuses, the patient's physician may maintain access to such information for patient care and public health purposes and the local health department and the State Department may maintain access for public health purposes pursuant to the listed provisions.

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(h)(1) Any potential or actual breach of confidentiality of HIV-related public health records shall be investigated by the local health officer, in coordination with the Department of Health Services, when appropriate. The local health officer shall immediately report any evidence of an actual breach of confidentiality of HIV-related public health records at a city or county level to the department and the appropriate law enforcement agency. (2) The department will investigate confidentiality breaches at the state level, and report any evidence of an actual breach to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

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A clinical laboratory shall report all CD4+ T-Cell test results that are possibly related to an HIV infection to the local health officer within seven days of the completion of the CD4+ T-Cell test. If provided by the ordering health care provider, the lab report shall include: the patient's name, date of birth, and gender. The local health officer shall inspect each CD4+ T-Cell test report to determine if the test is related to a case of HIV infection. If the test result is related to a case of HIV infection, the local health officer shall report the case of HIV infection or AIDS to the State Department of Public Health within 45 days of receipt of the laboratory report. If the clinical laboratory CD4+ T-Cell test result is not related to a case of HIV infection, the local health officer shall destroy the laboratory CD4+ T-Cell test report. CD4+ T-Cell test reports shall not be disclosed, discoverable, or compelled to be produced in any civil, criminal, administrative, or other proceeding; and shall be consi

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(b) In accordance with subdivision (g) of Section 121022, a state or local public health agency, or an agent of that agency, may disclose personally identifying information in public health records, as described in subdivision (a), to other local, state, or federal public health agencies or to corroborating medical researchers, when the confidential information is necessary to carry out the duties of the agency or researcher in the investigation, control, or surveillance of disease, as determined by the state or local public health agency.

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(c) Except as provided in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, any disclosure authorized by subdivision (a) or (b) shall include only the information necessary for the purpose of that disclosure and shall be made only upon agreement that the information will be kept confidential and will not be further disclosed without written authorization, as described in subdivision (a). (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following disclosures shall be authorized for the purpose of enhancing completeness of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted disease coinfection reporting to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): (A) The local public health agency HIV surveillance staff may further disclose the information to the health care provider who provides HIV care to the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record for the purpose of assisting in compliance with subdivision (a) of Section 121022. (B) Local public health agency tuberculosis control staff may further disclose the information to state public health agency tuberculosis control staff, who may further disclose the information, without disclosing patient identifying information, to the CDC, to the extent the information is requested by the CDC and permitted by subdivision (b), for purposes of the investigation, control, or surveillance of HIV and tuberculosis coinfections. (C) Local public health agency sexually transmitted disease control staff may further disclose the information to state public health agency sexually transmitted disease control staff, who may further disclose the information, without disclosing patient identifying information, to the CDC, to the extent it is requested by the CDC, and permitted by subdivision (b), for the purposes of the investigation, control, or surveillance of HIV and syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia coinfection. (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following disclosures shall be authorized for the purpose of facilitating appropriate HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment: (A) State public health agency HIV surveillance staff, AIDS Drug Assistance Program staff, and care services staff may further disclose the information to local public health agency staff, who may further disclose the information to the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record, or the health care provider who provides his or her HIV care, for the purpose of proactively offering and coordinating care and treatment services to him or her. (B) AIDS Drug Assistance Program staff and care services staff in the State Department of Public Health may further disclose the information directly to the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record or the health care provider who provides his or her HIV care, for the purpose of proactively offering and coordinating care and treatment services to him or her. (C) Local public health agency staff may further disclose acquired or developed information to the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record or the health care provider who provides his or her HIV care for the purpose of proactively offering and coordinating care and treatment services to him or her. (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the purpose of facilitating appropriate medical care and treatment of persons coinfected with HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, local public health agency sexually transmitted disease control and tuberculosis control staff may further disclose the information to state or local public health agency sexually transmitted disease control and tuberculosis control staff, the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record, or the health care provider who provides his or her HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted disease care. (4) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), “staff” shall not include nongovernmental entities, but shall include state and local contracted employees who work within state and local public health departments. Exceptions: disclosures authorized (1) for the purpose of enhancing completeness of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted disease coinfection reporting to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); (2) to facilitate appropriate HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment; (3) to facilitate appropriate medical care and treatment of persons coinfected with HIV, tuberculosis, and any STD(s), the local public health agency STD and tuberculosis control staff may further disclose the information to (i) the state or local public health agency staff, (ii) the HIV-positive person who is the subject of the record, or (iii) the health care provider who provides his or her HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted disease care.

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Definition of "confidential public health records": any paper or electronic record maintained by the department or a local health department or agency, or its agent, that includes data or information in a manner that identifies personal information, including, but not limited to, name, social security number, address, employer, or other information that may directly or indirectly lead to the identification of the individual who is the subject of the record.

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