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Congress Affirms that Addiction Treatment Confidentiality Protections Remain Essential

September 26,2018: The Legal Action Center applauds the decision by Congress to drop language that would weaken addiction treatment confidentiality safeguards from the final opioid package.

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Robert Newman

The Legal Action Center joins with colleagues around New York, the country and the globe, to mourn the death of our former Board Member, Robert Newman, and to honor his life and the immense contributions he made to the field of substance use disorders.

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“Hospital Toolkit” offers new resources for hospitals treating patients with substance use disorder

Emergency medicine providers have a new set of resources for treating patients with substance use disorders (SUD): Addiction Policy Forum’s new “Hospital Toolkit.” The toolkit is designed for hospitals as well as patients, families, and advocates, to improve access to SUD treatment and care in hospital emergency departments.

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SAMHSA and ONC publish two new guidance documents clarifying 42 CFR Part 2

New official guidance documents are now available for substance use disorder patients and treatment providers to better understand the confidentiality protections for substance use disorder information, 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrative (SAMHSA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published two factsheets in May 2018 regarding the application of Part 2 to common healthcare and health information technology settings, and SAMHSA updated existing guidance with new information about the rights of same-sex couples to access treatment information about a spouse.

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Preliminary approval of Aetna HIV Privacy Breach settlement

On May 10, 2018, a federal court in Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval of the $17 million settlement of the Beckett v Aetna class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit arose from an Aetna mailing last July, disclosing the HIV status of nearly 12,000 members through the large, transparent window on the envelope.  The suit also charged Aetna with improperly transferring protected health information of over 13,000 members to its law firm and a mail vendor.

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SAMHSA TO CONVENE STAKEHOLDERS REGARDING THE EFFECT OF 42 CFR PART 2 ON PATIENT CARE, HEALTH OUTCOMES, AND PATIENT PRIVACY

SAMHSA announced today that it will hold a public listening session on January 31, 2018 at SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, MD, regarding the future of the Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records regulations (42 CFR Part 2, also known as “Part 2”).

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SAMHSA FURTHER REVISES 42 CFR PART 2 WITH NEW FINAL RULE ON CONFIDENTIALITY OF SUD TREATMENT INFORMATION

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) issued a Final Rule on January 3, 2018, implementing new changes to the federal rules governing confidentiality and disclosures of substance use disorder patient records, known as 42 CFR Part 2 or “Part 2.”

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113 of the Nation’s Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch ‘Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights’

Many of the nation’s leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of SUD patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights.

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Discrimination against Patients with Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent and Harmful: Health Affairs Blog Post by LAC Attorneys

In response to recent critiques against the confidentiality law that protects patients with histories of substance use disorders (42 CFR Part 2), Legal Action Center’s Senior Health Policy Attorney, Deborah Reid, and Senior Staff Attorney, Karla Lopez, penned a piece that was published today by Health Affairs.

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