42 CFR § 480.132 - Disclosure of information about patients.

§ 480.132 Disclosure of information about patients.

(a) General requirements for disclosure. Except as specified in §§ 476.130(d) and 476.140(b) of this chapter and paragraph (b) of this section, a QIO must -

(1) Disclose patient identified information in its possession to the identified patient or the patient's representative if -

(i) The patient or the patient's representative requests the information in writing;

(ii) The request by a patient's representative includes the designation, by the patient, of the representative; and

(iii) Except as provided under paragraph (b) of this section, all other patient and practitioner identifiers have been removed.

(2) Make disclosure to the patient or the patient's representative within 14 calendar days of receipt of the request.

(b) Exceptions.

(1) If a request for information is in connection with an initial denial determination under section 1154(a)(2) of the Act, the QIO must provide only the information used to support that determination in accordance with the procedures for disclosure of information related to determinations under § 478.24, including relevant practitioner identifiers.

(2) A QIO must disclose information regarding QIO deliberations only as specified in § 480.139(a).

(3) A QIO must disclose quality review study information only as specified in § 480.140.

(c) Manner of disclosure.

(1) The QIO must disclose the patient information directly to the patient or the patient's representative when the representative has been authorized or appointed to receive that information.

(2) In identifying a representative, the QIO must follow pertinent State law requirements regarding the designation of health care representatives and agents. If the patient is unable to designate a representative and the identity of the representative is not already dictated by State law, the QIO must disclose the information to a person whom the QIO determines is responsible for the patient.

[50 FR 15359, Apr. 17, 1985; 50 FR 41887, Oct. 16, 1985. Redesignated at 64 FR 66279, Nov. 24, 1999, as amended at 69 FR 49267, Aug. 11, 2004; 77 FR 68564, Nov. 15, 2012]