HHS Proposes Changes to Substance Abuse Data Disclosures

August 27, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed changes to privacy rules related to the sharing of patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs in an effort to improve treatment of those addicted to opioids and similar drugs.

The regulation, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulations - more commonly known as 42 CFR Part 2 - now mostly prohibits sharing data about patients' treatment at those federally funded programs with other healthcare providers unless the patient grants permission.

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