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  192.2310.  Confidentiality of ombudsman's files and records, exceptions, violations, penalty. — 1.  Any files maintained by the ombudsman program shall be disclosed only at the discretion of the ombudsman having authority over the disposition of such files, except that the identity of any complainant or resident of a long-term care facility shall not be disclosed by such ombudsman unless:

  (1)  Such complainant or resident, or the complainant's or resident's legal representative, consents in writing to such disclosure; or

  (2)  Such disclosure is required by court order.

  2.  Any representative of the office conducting or participating in any examination of a complaint who shall knowingly and willfully disclose to any person other than the office, or those authorized by the office to receive it, the name of any witness examined or any information obtained or given upon such examination, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  However, the ombudsman conducting or participating in any examination of a complaint shall disclose the final result of the examination to the facility with the consent of the resident.

  3.  Any statement or communication made by the office relevant to a complaint received by, proceedings before or activities of the office and any complaint or information made or provided in good faith by any person, shall be absolutely privileged and such person shall be immune from suit.

  4.  The office shall not be required to testify in any court with respect to matters held to be confidential in this section except as the court may deem necessary to enforce the provisions of sections 192.2300 to 192.2315, or where otherwise required by court order.

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(L. 1991 H.B. 444 § 3, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1299 Revision § 192.1064)

Transferred 2014; formerly 660.605


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