4755-26-04 Valid reasons for accessing confidential personal information.

Pursuant to the requirements of division (B)(2) of section 1347.15 of the Revised Code, this rule contains a list of valid reasons, directly related to the board's exercise of its powers and duties, for which only employees of the agency may access confidential personal information, regardless of whether the personal information system is a manual system or a computer system:

(A) Performing the following functions constitute valid reasons for authorized employees of the board to access confidential personal information:

(1) Responding to a public records request;

(2) Responding to a request from an individual for the list of CPI the board maintains on that individual;

(3) Administering a constitutional provision or duty;

(4) Administering a statutory provision or duty;

(5) Administering an administrative rule provision rule or duty;

(6) Complying with any state or federal program requirements;

(7) Processing or payment of claims or otherwise administering a program with individual participants or beneficiaries;

(8) Auditing purposes;

(9) Licensure processes;

(10) Investigation or law enforcement purposes;

(11) Administrative hearings;

(12) Litigation, complying with an order of the court, or subpoena;

(13) Human resource matters, including, but not limited to, hiring, promotion, demotion, discharge, salary/compensation issues, leave requests/issues, time card approvals/issues;

(14) Complying with an executive order or policy;

(15) Complying with an agency policy or a state administrative policy issued by the department of administrative services, the office of budget and management, or other similar state agency; or

(16) Complying with a collective bargaining agreement provision.

(B) To the extent that the general processes described in paragraph (A) of this rule do not cover the following circumstances, for the purpose of carrying out specific duties of the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board, authorized employees and board members would also have valid reasons for accessing CPI in these following circumstances:

(1) Authorized employees and board members may review CPI of individuals who are subject to investigation for alleged violations of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code or Chapters 4755-1 to 4755-48 of the Administrative Code that may result in licensure discipline or application denial. Authorized employees may review CPI of individuals who are not the subject of the investigation, but who otherwise may be witnesses with information related to the investigation. CPI may be reviewed by employees and members of the board in disciplinary matters that become the subject of administrative hearings or board action, including reporting disciplinary actions as required by state and federal law.

(2) Employees assigned to the continuing education audit may review CPI of licensees who are being audited for the purpose of carrying out that program.

(3) Authorized employees and board members may review CPI of persons who hold, are applying for, or are renewing a license issued by the board for purposes of verifying licensure, processing licensure and renewal applications, determining eligibility for licensure, performing financial transactions and reporting related to application processing, or any other activities undertaken for the purpose of carrying out that program.

(4) Employees assigned to fiscal and human resource positions may review CPI of vendors billing the board for services rendered and employees of the board for payroll and other human resource activities for the purpose of carrying out the board's daily activities.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/04/2014 and 02/04/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1347.15
Rule Amplifies: 1347.15
Prior Effective Dates: 1/3/11