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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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Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Take Effect Today, March 21st

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (“42 CFR Part 2” or “Part 2”) is scheduled to go into effect today, March 21, 2017.

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LAC Comments on Proposed Rule to Modernize 42 CFR Part 2

The LAC submitted comments yesterday to the SAMHSA in response to its Proposed Rule to amend regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records (42 C.F.R. Part 2). SAMHSA is seeking to modernize the regulations while also maintaining critical patient privacy protections.

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LAC Provides Template for Commenting to SAMHSA on Proposed Changes to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 Privacy Protections

LAC is in the process of drafting comments on the proposed rule to submit to SAMHSA. We encourage all stakeholders, including people in treatment and in recovery and their families and treatment providers, to take advantage of this important opportunity to provide feedback to SAMHSA by reviewing and commenting on the proposed rule. To assist with those efforts, LAC provides this template that stakeholders can draw from in drafting their comments to SAMHSA.

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SAMHSA Strikes Balance in Modernizing Confidentiality Rules

LAC welcomes the efforts of SAMHSA & HHS to modernize federal rules governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records while maintaining needed privacy protections, including its release on February 9, 2016 of a proposed rule amending 42 C.F.R. Part 2.

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SAMHSA Issues Proposed Rule on Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information

The Legal Action Center welcomes the efforts of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) of the Department of Health and Human Services to modernize federal confidentiality rules while maintaining needed privacy protections, including its release on February 9, 2016 of a proposed rule on the law protecting the confidentiality of substance use disorder records, 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2, codified as 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (“Part 2”).

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SAMHSA Releases Proposed Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (Alcohol/Drug Confidentiality Rules)

According to SAMHSA, the goal of the proposed changes “is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.”

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ACT NOW! Action Alert: Tell SAMHSA to Protect Privacy Rights of Addiction Treatment Patients

Background: On May 12, 2014, the federal government announced that it is considering changing the 40-year-old regulations (known as 42 C.F.R. …

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