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
Any business organized for the purpose of maintaining medical information in order to make the information available to the patient or to a provider of health care [upon request], for purposes of diagnosis or treatment of the patient, shall be deemed to be a provider of health care and shall maintain the same standards of confidentiality required of a provider of health care with respect to medical information disclosed to the corporation.
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).
An employer that is a provider of health care (or its agent) shall not be deemed to have violated Civil Code 56.20 if it follows the requirements for disclosing medical information possessed in connection with providing health care services to the provider's patients or employing its own employees.
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.
Upon demand by the patient or the person who signed an authorization, a provider of health care, health care service plan, pharmaceutical company, or contractor possessing the authorization shall furnish a true copy thereof.
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.
A provider of health care, a health care service plan, or a contractor shall disclose medical information if the disclosure is compelled by any of the following: Court order; Order from a board, commission, or agency; Subpoena from a party before a court or agency; Arbitrator or panel; Search Warrant; Patient or Patient's representative; or, Coroner conducting an investigation
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.