CARES Act and changes to how substance use disorder records are shared

June 8, 2021 Marti Arvin

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act[1] not only provided needed pandemic financial relief for healthcare organizations, but it also made changes to the law for how substance use disorder (SUD) records are handled. The CARES Act changed 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2 , the statutory basis for the regulations at 42 C.F.R. Part 2 . The language of the act states the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services must promulgate regulations that would be effective for disclosures after March 27, 2021. As of April 15, 2021, it has not proposed regulations to enact the provisions of the CARES act.

Marti Arvin, Executive Advisor at CynergisTek, shares her comments on the uncertain impacts of the changes to the CARES Act.

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Marti Arvin

Marti Arvin, ExecutiveAdvisor for CynergisTek brings more than three decades of operational and executive leadership experience in the fields of compliance, research and regulatory oversight in academic medical and traditional hospital care settings to her position in CynergisTek. Arvin leads strategic business development around compliance services and utilizes her industry recognized expertise in health research to inform the development of privacy and security services to meet that communities underserved needs. She is a nationally recognized speaker and contributor to the thought leadership around healthcare compliance and research, and contributes to CynergisTek’s industry outreach and educational programs. Arvin has extensive experience in building and managing compliance and research programs. Arvin previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Regional Care Hospital Partners and the UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine. She has a legal background from obtaining her J.D. and holds CHC-F, CCEP-F, CHRC and the CHPC certifications. She is recognized as an expert on compliance and privacy issues from her published articles, lectures and presentations at national conferences. She was a board member to the Health Care Compliance Association between 2008 and 2011 and was on the Compliance Certification Advisory Board for over eight years. She also served on the certification committee for the CHC, CHC-F, CCEP, CCEP-F, CHRC and CHPC.

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