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    Subdivision 1. Access to data on licensee or registrant. When the board has probable
cause to believe that a licensee's or registrant's condition meets a ground listed in section
150A.08, subdivision 1, clause (4) or (8), it may, notwithstanding sections 13.384, 144.651, or
any other law limiting access to medical data, obtain medical or health records on the licensee or
registrant without the licensee's or registrant's consent. The medical data may be requested from a
provider, as defined in section 144.335, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), an insurance company, or a
government agency. A provider, insurance company, or government agency shall comply with a
written request of the board under this subdivision and is not liable in any action for damages
for releasing the data requested by the board if the data are released under the written request,
unless the information is false and the entity providing the information knew, or had reason to
believe, the information was false.
    Subd. 2. Access to data on patients. The board has access to medical records of a patient
treated by a licensee or registrant under review if the patient signs a written consent permitting
access. If the patient has not given consent, the licensee or registrant must delete data from which
a patient may be identified before releasing medical records to the board.
    Subd. 3. Data classification; release of certain health data not required. Information
obtained under this section is classified as private data on individuals under chapter 13. Under this
section, the commissioner of health is not required to release health data collected and maintained
under section 13.3805, subdivision 2.
History: 1992 c 559 art 1 s 6; 1996 c 440 art 1 s 39; 1999 c 227 s 22