Friday, July 23, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: SAMHSA Document on Confidentiality Regulations Raises Further Questions

With national health reform moving the field toward coordination of all aspects of an individual's medical care via "patient-centered medical homes," longstanding federal requirements that govern information about clients in addiction treatment have come under scrutiny over their potential effect on integrated care.

Information about clients in addiction treatment programs is protected by federal 42 CFR Part 2 regulations, which generally require that a client grant specific written permission for the release of personal information. The regulations also spell out circumstances under which patient information can be released without consent in cases of medical emergency, as well as terms for treatment providers that enter into agreements with billing companies and other service providers that require the sharing of patient-specific information.Read Full Story...

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