The Legal Action Center (LAC) is currently offering recordings of two webinars explaining the federal health privacy laws protecting the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient information, 42 CFR Part 2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Introduction to Confidentiality: 42 CFR Part 2 & HIPAA is a three-hour overview of two federal health privacy laws, presented in two separate segments and featuring a number of real-life examples and case studies to illustrate concepts like: Who must comply with 42 CFR Part 2?; How does 42 CFR Part 2 differ from HIPAA?; How to share records with patient consent?; and When can you share Part 2-protected records without patient consent?

42 CFR Part 2 & What Has Changed in the Recent Amendments is a two-hour course designed for people who are already familiar with the federal substance use disorder privacy protections, but need information about the 2017 and 2018 amendments to the regulations, including changes to: written consent requirements; the definition of a Qualified Service Organization; the provisions regarding audits, evaluations, research, and more.

Book: Confidentiality & Communication

LAC will be issuing a revised edition of our acclaimed publication, Confidentiality & Communication: A Guide to the Federal Alcohol and Drug Confidentiality Law and HIPAA (2012). The new edition will reflect the 2017 and 2018 amendments to the federal confidentiality law for substance use disorder patient records, 42 CFR Part 2. For more information about the 2017 and 2018 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2, please visit LAC’s confidentiality resources.

The newest edition will also incorporate the information in the 2014 insert to Confidentiality & Communication, which covered the HITECH Act’s amendments to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Confidentiality & Communication can help your agency understand and apply the confidentiality law, as well as assist your agency in updating policies, procedures, and training protocols following the 2017 and 2018 amendments to 42 CFR Part 2.

The next edition of LAC’s book, Confidentiality & Communication, is currently expected to be released in 2019.

To stay informed about new resources, publications, training opportunities, and news, please sign up here for Legal Action Center’s emails about 42 CFR Part 2.

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