4731-15-05 Liability; reporting forms; confidentiality and disclosure.

(A) Any person, health care facility, association, society, or insurer who reports to the board or who refers an impaired practitioner to an approved treatment program shall not be subject to suit for civil damages as a result of the report, referral, or provision of information.

(B) The board shall provide, upon request, forms for reporting under the provisions of section 4730.32 of the Revised Code, section 4731.224 of the Revised Code, section 4760.16 of the Revised Code, section 4762.16 of the Revised Code, section 4774.16 of the Revised Code, and this chapter of the Administrative Code.

(C) When a national practitioner data bank report form is accepted by the board for the purpose of satisfying the requirements of section 4731.224 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code, the board shall redact the following information prior to disclosing the report as authorized under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code:

(1) National practitioner data bank identification number of the reporting entity, and

(2) All national practitioner data bank references and federal form indicia.

(D) Summaries, reports, and records received and maintained by the board pursuant to section 4730.32 of the Revised Code, section 4731.224 of the Revised Code, section 4760.16 of the Revised Code, section 4762.16 of the Revised Code, section 4774.16 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code shall be held in confidence and shall not be subject to discovery or introduction in evidence in any federal or state civil action involving a health care professional or facility arising out of matters which are the subject of such reporting to the board.

(1) The board may only disclose the summaries and reports to hospital committees which are involved in or recredentialing the practitioner or in reviewing the practitioner's clinical privileges, and in credentialing or recredentialing or reviewing the clinical privileges of the supervising physician of a practitioner licensed pursuant to Chapter 4730., 4760., 4762., or 4774. of the Revised Code. Such disclosure may be made through an independent credentialing service if the service merely communicates the information to the hospital committees and maintains strict confidentiality as provided in a written agreement with the board.

(2) Reports filed by an individual licensee pursuant to division (B) of section 4730.32 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4731.224 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4760.16 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4762.16 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4774.16 of the Revised Code and rule 4731-16-01 of the Administrative Code shall not be disclosed.

(E) Except for reports filed by an individual licensee pursuant to division (B) of section 4730.32 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4731.224 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4760.16 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4762.16 of the Revised Code, division (B) of section 4774.16 of the Revised Code and rule 4731-15-01 of the Administrative Code, a copy of any reports or summaries received by the board pursuant to section 4730.32 of the Revised Code, section 4731.224 of the Revised Code, section 4760.16 of the Revised Code, section 4762.16 of the Revised Code, section 4774.16 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4731-15 of the Administrative Code shall be sent to the practitioner by the board. The certificate holderpractitioner shall have the right to file a statement with the board concerning the correctness or relevance of the information. Such statement, upon receipt by the board, shall at all times accompany that part of the record in contention.

(F) The board need not accept reports, summaries, or statements that consist of or include proceedings or records of review committees as described in section 2305.25 of the Revised Code. If the board determines that materials submitted are unacceptable, it shall return those materials to the submitting individual or entity, and provide an opportunity for submission of appropriate materials.

Effective: 03/31/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/16/2009 and 03/31/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4730.07 , 4731.05 , 4760.19 , 4762.19 , 4774.11
Rule Amplifies: 4730.25 , 4730.32 , 4731.22 , 4731.224 , 4760.13 , 4760.16 , 4762.13 , 4762.16 , 4774.13 , 4774.16
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/91, 2/28/04