SAMHSA issued a final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2, in order to give providers more leeway to disclose SUD records while retaining privacy protections.

According to Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the nation’s first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, “This final rule underscores our commitment to ensuring persons with substance use disorders receive integrated and coordinated care……and will permit healthcare providers, with patients’ consent, to more easily conduct such activities as quality improvement, claims management, patient safety, training, and program integrity efforts.”

Dr. McCance-Katz added that modernizing Part 2 is one way that SAMHSA strengthens the nation’s efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse and to support patients and their families confronting substance use disorders. The rule also reflects an effort to better align Part 2 requirements with those of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

SAMHSA Press Release