PATIENT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

WHY

    Title 54, Chapter 46, Idaho Code reads, "In recognition of the importance of health care to all Idahoans, it is the intent of the legislature to provide patients with easily accessible profile information on specified licensed or registered health care professionals. By creating a database of individual profiles that the public may access, patients will be able to make more informed decisions about whom they wish to engage when in need of health care services."

WHO

    Beginning January 1, 2000, all physicians, surgeons, osteopathic physicians & surgeons, physical therapists, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, optometric physicians, psychologists, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified registered nurse anesthetists are required to provide specific profile information to that database.

WHAT

    Each profile submitted by a licensee will include a statement, signed under oath by the licensee, attesting to the correctness and completeness of the information contained in the profile.  The database has been named IDACARE, and will allow both the submission of licensee profile information and the retrieval of individual profiles.  The profiles must be available in written form, upon request, and electronically where available. The profiles are considered public information. Because of the self-reporting nature of the profile information, the licensing boards are not liable for the correctness or completeness of the information contained in the licensee profiles. There is a disclaimer statement on all released profiles, attesting to the self-reporting nature of the program, and that the information has not been verified by the board.

WHERE

    IDACARE is accessible by the public over the internet and profiles may be downloaded and printed for use.   

    Each current licensee will receive a letter explaining the reporting process and providing instructions for complying with the Patient Freedom of Information Act.  

Licensees may update their individual profiles by logging into the secure user database at https://idacare.idaho.gov/secure/update/userentry.cfm.  

   Public notice, including a flyer and a brochure,  has been given noting that licensee profile information is available upon request. The law requires that profiles on individual licensees be available at the provider's office(s) and at their respective Board's office.

WHEN

    Every person who obtains an original license or applies for the renewal of a license for one of the professions noted above, must furnish profile information for the database at the time of initial licensure.  Each licensee is also required to update the information annually.  If a licensee fails to comply with the provisions of the Patient Freedom of Information Act, and fails to provide full and truthful disclosure of information within the required time frame, the board may fine the licensee up to fifty dollars ($50.00) for each day that the licensee is not in compliance. The boards may also take any other disciplinary action it deems appropriate, short of revoking, suspending, or refusing to issue or renew a license or registration. Again, licensees may update their individual profiles by logging into the secure user database at https://idacare.idaho.gov/secure/update/userentry.cfm.

You are encouraged to review the entire Patient Freedom of Information Act and to visit the IDACARE website.

NOTE: Changes to the IDACARE database are NOT reflected in the Board's license database. If you change your name or address you MUST notify BOTH the Board office and IDACARE.