4734.45 Investigations - confidential information.

(A) The state chiropractic board shall investigate evidence that appears to show that a person has violated any provision of this chapter or the rules adopted under it. Any person may report to the board in writing or by other means any information the person has that appears to show a violation of any provision of this chapter or the rules adopted under it. In the absence of bad faith, a person who reports to the board, cooperates in an investigation, or testifies before the board in an adjudication shall not be liable for civil damages as a result of reporting, cooperating, or providing testimony.

(B) Information received by the board pursuant to an investigation is confidential and not subject to discovery in any civil action, except that for good cause, the board or its executive director may disclose or authorize disclosure of information gathered pursuant to an investigation. The board and its employees may share appropriate information in the board's possession with any federal, state, or local law enforcement, prosecutorial, or regulatory agency or its officers or agents engaging in an investigation. The board and its employees may cooperate in any other manner with the agency or its officers or agents engaging in an investigation. An agency that receives confidential information shall comply with the same requirements regarding confidentiality as those with which the board must comply, notwithstanding any conflicting provision of the Revised Code or procedure of the agency that applies when the agency is dealing with other information in its possession. The information may be admitted into evidence in a criminal trial in accordance with the Rules of Evidence, or in an administrative hearing conducted by an agency, but the court or agency shall require that appropriate measures be taken to ensure that confidentiality is maintained with respect to any part of the information that contains names or other identifying information about patients, complainants, or others whose confidentiality was protected by the state chiropractic board when the information was in the board's possession. Measures to ensure confidentiality that may be taken by the court or agency include sealing its records or redacting specific information from its records.

(C) All hearings and investigations of the board shall be considered civil actions for the purposes of section 2305.2512305.252 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2003 SB179 01-01-2004