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32-2552. Right to examine and copy evidence; subpoena authority; right to counsel; confidentiality of records
A. In connection with an investigation conducted by the board on its own motion or as the result of information received pursuant to section 32-2551, subsection A, the board or its duly authorized agent or employee at all reasonable times shall have access to, for the purpose of examination, and the right to copy any documents, reports, records or other physical evidence of any person being investigated or the reports, the records and any other documents maintained by and in the possession of any hospital, clinic, physician's office, physician assistant's office, laboratory, pharmacy, health care institution as defined in section 36-401 or other public or private agency if the documents, reports, records or evidence relate to a physician assistant's medical competence, unprofessional conduct or mental or physical ability to safely engage in the physician assistant's approved health care tasks.
B. For the purpose of all investigations and proceedings conducted by the board:
1. On its own motion or on application of a person involved in an investigation, the board may issue subpoenas compelling the attendance and testimony of witnesses or demanding the production of documents or any other physical evidence for examination or copying if the evidence relates to the medical incompetence, unprofessional conduct or mental or physical ability of a physician assistant to safely perform health care tasks. Within five days after service of a subpoena requiring the production of evidence in the person's possession or under the person's control, the person may petition the board to revoke, limit or modify the subpoena. The board shall do so if it believes that the evidence required does not relate to violations of this chapter, is not relevant to the subject matter of the hearing or investigation or does not describe with sufficient particularity the physical evidence requested.
2. A person appearing before the board may be represented by counsel.
3. A board member or agent designated by the board may administer oaths or affirmations, examine witnesses and receive evidence.
4. On application by the board or by the person subpoenaed, the superior court has jurisdiction to issue an order to do either of the following:
(a) Require a person to appear before the board or its authorized agent to produce evidence relating to the investigation.
(b) Revoke, limit or modify a subpoena if the court determines that the evidence does not relate to a violation of this chapter, is not relevant to the hearing or investigation or does not describe with sufficient particularity the physical evidence requested.
C. The following items are not available to the public:
1. Patient records, including clinical records, medical reports and laboratory statements and reports.
2. Files, films, reports or oral statements relating to diagnostic findings or treatment of patients.
3. Any information from which a patient or the patient's family might be identified.
4. Information received and records kept by the board in its investigations.
D. This section and any other provision of law that makes communications between a physician or a physician assistant and the physician assistant's patient a privileged communication does not apply to investigations or proceedings conducted pursuant to this chapter. The board and its employees, agents and representatives shall keep in confidence the names of any patients whose records are reviewed during the course of investigations and proceedings pursuant to this chapter.
E. Hospital records, medical staff records, medical staff review committee records, testimony concerning those records and proceedings related to the creation of those records are not available to the public, shall be kept confidential by the board and are subject to the same provisions of law concerning discovery and use in legal actions as are the original records in the possession and control of hospitals, medical staffs and medical staff review committees.