Webinar: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records


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Webinar: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records

February 19, 2016 | 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time

SAMHSA will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the 42 CFR Part 2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

HHS published proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, titled Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, was published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016. This proposal was prompted by the need to update and modernize the regulations.

The goal of the proposed changes is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. The regulatory changes will ensure that patients with substance use disorders have the choice to participate in and benefit from new integrated health care models without fear of the risk of adverse consequences. Due to its targeted population, the Part 2 rules provide more stringent federal protections than most other health privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

HHS welcomes public comment on this proposed rule. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 11, 2016. HHS will consider all comments received by the date and time specified, and will respond to the comments in the preamble of the final rule. People may comment on the proposed changes by using one of the methods outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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