CHA News Article

CHA Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
For privacy officers, legal counsel

CHA has submitted comments on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records (Part 2) regulations.

In the letter, CHA supports SAMHSA’s proposals that will reduce confusion and administrative burden for providers. However, CHA continues to be concerned that the Part 2 regulations unnecessarily restrict sharing of the SUD information, which often denies clinicians treating patients with SUD access to their complete medical histories. CHA strongly supports legislative efforts that would amend § 42 C.F.R. Part 2 to align with HIPAA for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations.

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