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Chapter 191

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  191.910.  Attorney general may investigate violations, powers — service authorized — prosecuting attorney, report, prosecution — provision of records — no limitation of other actions. — 1.  The attorney general shall have authority to investigate alleged or suspected violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910, and shall have all powers provided by sections 407.040 to 407.090 in connection with investigations of alleged or suspected violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910, as if the acts enumerated in subsections 1 to 3 of section 191.905 are unlawful acts proscribed by chapter 407, provided that if the attorney general exercises such powers, the provisions of section 407.070 shall also be applicable; and may exercise all of the powers provided by subsections 1 and 2 of section 570.410* in connection with investigations of alleged or suspected violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910, as if the acts enumerated in subsections 1 to 3 of section 191.905 involve "public assistance" as defined by section 578.375**. The attorney general and his or her authorized investigators shall be authorized to serve all subpoenas and civil process related to the enforcement of sections 191.900 to 191.910 and chapter 407.  In order for the attorney general to commence a state prosecution for violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910, the attorney general shall prepare and forward a report of the violations to the appropriate prosecuting attorney.  Upon receiving a referral, the prosecuting attorney shall either commence a prosecution based on the report by the filing of a complaint, information, or indictment within sixty days of receipt of said report or shall file a written statement with the attorney general explaining why criminal charges should not be brought.  This time period may be extended by the prosecuting attorney with the agreement of the attorney general for an additional sixty days.  If the prosecuting attorney commences a criminal prosecution, the attorney general or his designee shall be permitted by the court to participate as a special assistant prosecuting attorney in settlement negotiations and all court proceedings, subject to the authority of the prosecuting attorney, for the purpose of providing such assistance as may be necessary.  If the prosecuting attorney fails to commence a prosecution and fails to file a written statement listing the reasons why criminal charges should not be brought within the appropriate time period, or declines to prosecute on the basis of inadequate office resources, the attorney general shall have authority to commence prosecutions for violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910.  In cases where a defendant pursuant to a common scheme or plan has committed acts which constitute or would constitute violations of sections 191.900 to 191.910 in more than one state, the attorney general shall have the authority to represent the state of Missouri in any plea agreement which resolves all criminal prosecutions within and without the state, and such agreement shall be binding on all state prosecutors.

  2.  In any investigation, hearing or other proceeding pursuant to sections 191.900 to 191.910, any record in the possession or control of a health care provider, or in the possession or control of another person on behalf of a health care provider, including but not limited to any record relating to patient care, business or accounting records, payroll records and tax records, whether written or in an electronic format, shall be made available by the health care provider to the attorney general or the court, and shall be admissible into evidence, regardless of any statutory or common law privilege which such health care provider, record custodian or patient might otherwise invoke or assert.  The provisions of section 326.151*** shall not apply to actions brought pursuant to sections 191.900 to 191.910. The attorney general shall not disclose any record obtained pursuant to this section, other than in connection with a proceeding instituted or pending in any court or administrative agency.  The access, provision, use, and disclosure of records or material subject to the provisions of 42 U.S.C.  Section 290dd-2 shall be subject to said section, as may be amended from time to time, and to regulations promulgated pursuant to said section.

  3.  No person shall knowingly, with the intent to defraud the medical assistance program, destroy or conceal such records as are necessary to fully disclose the nature of the health care for which a claim was submitted or payment was received under a medical assistance program, or such records as are necessary to fully disclose all income and expenditures upon which rates of payment were based under a medical assistance program.  Upon submitting a claim for or upon receiving payment for health care under a medical assistance program, a person shall not destroy or conceal any records for five years after the date on which payment was received, if payment was received, or for five years after the date on which the claim was submitted, if payment was not received.  Any provider who knowingly destroys or conceals such records is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

  4.  Sections 191.900 to 191.910 shall not be construed to prohibit or limit any other criminal or civil action against a health care provider for the violation of any other law.  Any complaint, investigation or report received or completed pursuant to sections 198.070 and 198.090, subsection 2 of section 205.967, sections 375.991 to 375.994, section 570.410*, or sections 192.2475 and 192.2480, which indicates a violation of sections 191.900 to 191.910, shall be referred to the attorney general.  A referral to the attorney general pursuant to this subsection shall not preclude the agencies charged with enforcing the foregoing sections from conducting investigations, providing protective services or taking administrative action regarding the complaint, investigation or report referred to the attorney general, as may be provided by such sections; provided that all material developed by the attorney general in the course of an investigation pursuant to sections 191.900 to 191.910 shall not be subject to subpoena, discovery, or other legal or administrative process in the course of any such administrative action.  Sections 191.900 to 191.910 take precedence over the provisions of sections 198.070 and 198.090, subsection 2 of section 205.967, sections 375.991 to 375.994, section 570.410*, and sections 192.2475 and 192.2480 to the extent such provisions are inconsistent or overlap.

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(L. 1994 H.B. 1427 § 3, A.L. 2007 S.B. 577)

*Section 578.387 was transferred to section 570.410 by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17.

**Section 578.375 was repealed by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17.

***Section 326.151 was repealed by H.B. 567, 2001.


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