The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”), a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has issued changes to the regulations governing the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records. The final rule updates to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (“Part 2”), effective as of February 2, 2018, are intended to reflect advances in healthcare delivery, including the increased use of electronic records, while maintaining the privacy protections for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Substance use treatment providers and lawful holders subject to Part 2 will find that the changes provide greater flexibility dealing with re-disclosures of patient identifying information. If you are covered by Part 2, you should review and update your policies and procedures, patient consent agreements, and third-party contracts to reflect applicable updates in the final rule.

 

Read Special Update from AATA Review Part 2 – CONFIDENTIALITY OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PATIENT RECORDS