Massachusetts Medical Society: An Act To Provide For The Privacy Of Information Submitted By Hospital Medical Staff

An Act To Provide For The Privacy Of Information Submitted By Hospital Medical Staff

Text of legislation filed by MMS for the 2015-16 session of the Massachusetts Legislature:

SECTION 1.  Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 57D the following new sections: --

Section  57E.  Definitions.

(1)  “Hospital” as used in section 57F means any hospital licensed under section 51 of this chapter.

 (2)  “Medical staff” as used in section 57F means those physicians and other health care professionals who are privileged to attend patients in a hospital.

Section  57F.     

All personal and financial information disclosed by members of a hospital medical staff, or, by physicians or other health care professionals seeking to join a hospital’s medical staff pursuant to hospital conflict of interest policies shall not be used for other purposes or disclosed to other parties.  This section does not relieve any individual or hospital of the duty to comply with requirements of any applicable general or special law regarding the protection and privacy of personal information.

Section 57G.

Any person who has been injured by a violation of section 57F of this chapter may bring an action in the superior court for damages and such equitable relief as the court deems necessary and proper. 

SECTION 2.  This Act shall take effect on October 1, 2015.

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