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      RS 37:781     


§781. Issuance of subpoenas; production of patient records; maintenance of confidentiality

            A. The president or any member of the board may issue investigative subpoenas, subpoenas or subpoenas duces tecum requiring the attendance and testimony under oath of witnesses and the production of any evidence or documentation that relates to any matter properly under investigation or in question before the board or committee or attorney acting on behalf of the board conducting the hearing or investigation. Any subpoena authorized in this Subsection may be served in any manner authorized by the Administrative Procedure Act or the Code of Civil Procedure, including but not limited to by certified mail or by private process server. The board may obtain sworn testimony taken before a certified court reporter from any individual, licensed or not licensed by the board, who may possess any information concerning the matter under investigation.

            B. In case of refusal to obey a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued to any person or entity, the board, or the respondent named in a formal disciplinary proceeding who has requested the issuance of the subpoena as set forth in Chapter 9 of the board rules, may apply to any district court within the jurisdiction where the inquiry is carried on or within the jurisdiction where such person or entity is found, resides, or transacts business, to issue to such person or entity an order requiring him to appear before the board, its member, agent, or agency, to produce evidence if ordered or to give testimony concerning the matter under investigation or in question, and to pay the reasonable attorney fees caused by the filing and prosecution of such application should the board prevail on it. Any failure to obey this order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt.

            C. The board may require the attendance of witnesses who are summoned or to whomever a subpoena duces tecum is issued in all matters arising in the course of its duties, and at an investigation, the board shall take any oral or written proof, for or against any unlicensed person, or the person whose license is sought to be suspended or revoked, that will best present the facts.

            D. Notwithstanding any privilege or confidentiality recognized by law, no dentist or entity providing dental services with which such dentist is affiliated shall, acting under any such privilege, fail or refuse to respond to a lawfully issued subpoena of the board for any dental/medical information, testimony, records, data, reports or other documents, tangible items, or information relative to any patient treated by any such dentist under investigation. However, the identity of any patient identified in or by such records or information shall be maintained in confidence by the board and shall be deemed a privilege of confidentiality existing in favor of any such patient. For the purpose of maintaining such confidentiality of patient identity, the board shall cause any such dental/medical records or the transcript of any such testimony to be altered so as to prevent the disclosure of the identity of the patient to whom such records or testimony relates.

            E. Any person or entity charging the board a fee for the production of documents ordered to be produced by the board under a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued by the board shall conform to those charges set forth in R.S. 40:1165.1 to reflect reasonable or adequate compensation.

            Acts 1995, No. 920, §1; Acts 1997, No. 83, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1358, §1; Acts 2001, No. 712, §1; Acts 2018, No. 206, §3.

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