HHS Proposes New Protections to Increase Care Coordination and Confidentiality for Patients with Substance Use Challenges

Published: 11/28/2022

  • Department of Health and Human Services,
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Relevant To:
  • Urgent Care,
  • Behavioral Health - Outpatient,
  • Medical Office,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals,
  • Community Mental Health Centers,
  • Ambulatory Care,
  • Behavioral Health - Inpatient,
  • Rural Health Clinics

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS), through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records under 42 CFR part 2 (“Part 2”), which protects patient privacy and records concerning treatment related to substance use challenges from unauthorized disclosures. Specifically, the proposed

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