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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy

      Section: 26:2H-12.2c: Disclosure of information by health care entity.

15. a. A health care entity, upon the inquiry of another health care entity, shall truthfully:

(1) disclose whether, within the seven years preceding the inquiry, it provided any notice to the division pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2005, c.83 (C.26:2H-12.2b), or to the review panel, as required by section 3 of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.26:2H-12.2a), with respect to the health care professional about whom the inquiry has been made, providing a copy of the form of notification and any supporting documentation that was provided to the division, a professional or occupational licensing board in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety, or the review panel; and

(2) provide information about a current or former employee's job performance as it relates to patient care, as provided in this section, and, in the case of a former employee, the reason for the employee's separation.

b. For the purposes of this section, "job performance" shall relate to the suitability of the employee for re-employment at a health care entity, and the employee's skills and abilities as they relate to suitability for future employment at a health care entity. Information about a current or former employee's job performance pursuant to this paragraph shall be based on the employee's performance evaluation, and provided to another health care entity only if: (1) the evaluation has been signed by the evaluator and shared with the employee; (2) the employee has had the opportunity to respond; and (3) the employee's response, if any, has been taken into consideration when providing the information to another health care entity.

Job performance as it relates to patient care shall not include the current or former employee's participation in labor activities pursuant to the "National Labor Relations Act," 29 U.S.C. s.151 et seq.

c. A health care entity, or any employee designated by the entity, which, pursuant to this section, provides information in good faith and without malice to another health care entity concerning a health care professional, including information about a current or former employee's job performance as it relates to patient care, is not liable for civil damages in any cause of action arising out of the provision or reporting of the information.

d. A health care entity which fails to truthfully disclose information to another health care entity making an inquiry pursuant to this section or fails to cooperate with such request for information by the other health care entity shall be subject to such penalties as the Department of Health may determine pursuant to sections 13 and 14 of P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-13 and 26:2H-14) and section 16 of P.L.1997, c.192 (C.26:2S-16), or the director shall determine pursuant to P.L.1989, c.331 (C.34:8-43 et seq.), as applicable.

L.2005, c.83, s.15; amended 2012, c.17, s.180.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.

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