SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information

February 9th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized changes to Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, (42 CFR Part 2) to facilitate health integration and information exchange within new health care models while continuing to protect the privacy and confidentiality of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

The intent of modernizing the regulations is to facilitate the sharing of information within the health care system to better support integrated care and improve patient safety while maintaining privacy protections for patients seeking treatment for SUDs. This change is expected to lead to increased participation in HIEs and ACO and similar organizations.

The new rule is available in the Federal Register.

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