SAMHSA Revises Privacy Rule 42 CFR Part 2 for Substance Use Patients

Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) announced the agency has revised the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records regulation, 42 CFR Part 2.

In the last few years, industry stakeholders and lawmakers have asked for an update to 42 CFR Part 2, which is seen as outdated and burdensome for providers when it comes to sharing the patient records of substance use disorder patients. Other leaders have pressed for an alignment with HIPAA to reduce those challenges.

The rule was drafted in 1972 and intended to shield patients from any stigma or bias associated with substance abuse, which...

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