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The Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA)

What is CMIA?

The Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) is a California law that protects the confidentiality of individually identifiable medical information obtained by health care providers, health insurers, and their contractors.  Among other things, the CMIA (1) prohibits covered health care providers from disclosing medical information regarding a patient, enrollee, or subscriber without first obtaining authorization, and (2) requires covered health care providers that create, maintain, store or destroy medical information to do so in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of such information. 


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