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Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.

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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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“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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