A provider of health care or a health care service plan may disclose medical information in the following circumstances: 1) to other healthcare providers to facilitate diagnosis and treatment 2) to find financially liable party and obtain payment 3) to administrative subcontractors 4) quality control organizations (peer review boards, etc.) 5) accrediting agencies 6) coroners 7) \bona fide research purposes\" 8) employer
No provider of health care, health care service plan, or contractor shall disclose medical information regarding a patient of the provider of health care or an enrollee or subscriber of a health care service plan without first obtaining an authorization, except as provided in subdivision (b) or (c).
No provider of health care, health care service plan, or contractor may require a patient, as a condition of receiving health care services, to sign an authorization, release, consent, or waiver that would permit the disclosure of medical information that otherwise may not be disclosed.
An employer that is an insurance institution, insurance agent, or insurance support organization . . . shall not be deemed to have violated Section 56.20 by disclosing medical information gathered in connection with an insurance transaction in accordance with that act.
The section provides immunity to consultants who communicate with the Director of the Department of Managed Health Care for the purpose of determining whether health care services are being provided in accordance with the Knox-Keene Act of 1975. Nothing in the code section alters existing laws regarding the confidentiality of medical records.
The CMIA defines the following terms: health care service plan; authorization; authorized recipient; contractor; licensed health care professional; marketing; medical information; patient; pharmaceutical company; and provider of health care.
Provides civil penalties for willful or negligent disclosure of results of a test for a genetic characteristic that are contained in the medical record of an applicant or enrollee of a health care service plan