Every person confined in the state prison who commits a battery by intentionally placing or throwing human excrement or other bodily fluids or bodily substances on the person of a peace officer or other employee of the state prison may be ordered by the chief medical officer to receive an immediate voluntary or involuntary examination or test for hepatitis or tuberculosis and subsequent follow-up examinations if deemed necessary to the health of the peace officer or employee.
The section provides limited immunity for psychotherapists who discharge their duty to warn and protect by making reasonable efforts to communicate the threat to potential victims and to law enforcement agency by disclosing otherwise privileged patient communications.
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.
If a person is transferred from a health care facility/community care facility to a hospital and exhibits symptoms of neglect or abuse, the manager of the hospital or patient's physician at the hospital shall notify appropriate authorities. Healthcare providers/persons complying with this statute shall not incur civil or criminal liability, and shall not be disciplined by their employer for doing so.
In the course of a plan's review of its quality of care, performance of medical personnel and costs, there shall be no monetary liability for good faith acts by peer review committees, under certain circumstances. The proceedings of peer review committees shall not be subject to discovery or compelled testimony.
Personal information disclosed by students to school counselors is confidential, with the exception of psychotherapist referrals for treatment, reports of child abuse, disclosures to principals or parents to vouchsafe the health and safety of the student or the school community, provided that such disclosures do not imperil the health and safety of the student. In addition, counselors may disclose personal information to law enforcement authorities under court order. Maintaining confidentiality of the personal information is not grounds for civil or criminal actions.
Any person performing testing, transmitting test results, or disclosing information pursuant to the laws pertaining to AIDS Public Safety and Testing Disclosure shall be immune from civil liability for any action undertaken in accordance with those provisions.
If a blood given by a blood donor is found to be reactive for HIV antibodies and the blood bank's reasonable efforts have failed to locate the donor, the test results may be disclosed to a local health officer to locate and notify the donor of a reactive result. No civil liability or criminal sanction shall be imposed for disclosure of test results.