90th General Assembly
Summary of HB2818
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Short description: 
MED PRACTICE-MEDICAL RECORDS                                               

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends  the  Medical  Practice  Act  of  1987.   Authorizes   the      
   Department  of  Professional  Regulation  to  inform patients of their      
   right to give consent for the  Department  to  obtain  copies  of  the      
   patients' hospital and medical records.  Authorizes the Department and      
   the  Disciplinary  Board  to  subpoena  records in mandatory reporting      
   cases  alleging  death  or  permanent  injury.   Provides   that   the      
   subpoenaed information shall be kept confidential.                          
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Replaces the title and everything after the enacting clause  with      
   substantially   identical   legislation.   Requires  the  Director  of      
   Professional  Regulation  to  report  in  writing   to   the   Medical      
   Disciplinary  Board  decisions  to  require further investigation with      
   respect  to  Board  determinations  to  close  a  matter  because   of      
   insufficient facts.  Makes technical changes.                               
          FISCAL NOTE (Dpt. Professional Regulation)                           
          Additional staff would cost approximately $30,000 per year.          
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
        Provides  that  information  gathered  by   the   Department   of      
   Professional  Regulation  during  its  investigation  is confidential.      
   Provides that information received pursuant to subpoena by the Medical      
   Disciplinary Board is confidential and that patient  identifiers  must      
   be deleted before the information is submitted to the Board.                
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 2 (Dpt. Professional Regulation)                   
          The cost of securing records could run $25,000 per case. There       
          is no fiscal impact in regard to H-am 2.                             
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0699

   Last action date: 98-08-07

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   2     SENATE -   0


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