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147.161 PHYSICIAN ACCOUNTABILITY.
    Subdivision 1. Investigation. The board shall maintain and keep current a file containing the
reports and complaints filed against persons regulated by the board in the state. Each complaint
filed with the board pursuant to section 214.10, subdivision 1, shall be investigated according to
section 214.10, subdivision 2.
Whenever the files maintained by the board show that a professional malpractice settlement
or award to the plaintiff has been made against a person regulated by the board as reported by
insurers pursuant to section 147.111, the executive director of the board shall notify the board and
the board may authorize a review of the regulated person's practice.
    Subd. 2. Attorney general investigates. When the board initiates a review of a physician's
practice it shall notify the attorney general who shall investigate the matter in the same manner as
provided in section 214.10. If an investigation is to be made, the attorney general shall notify the
physician, and, if the incident being investigated occurred there, the administrator and chief of
staff at the medical care facilities in which the physician serves.
    Subd. 3. Access to hospital records. The board shall have access to hospital and medical
records of a patient treated by the physician under review if the patient signs a written consent
permitting such access. If no consent form has been signed, the hospital or physician shall first
delete data in the record which identifies the patient before providing it to the board.
History: 1976 c 222 s 39; 1980 c 509 s 47; 1981 c 311 s 39; 1982 c 545 s 24; 1985 c 247 s
10,25; 1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 23; 1995 c 44 s 2