Final Rule: 42 CFR Part 2, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

Legislation Introduced to Align Part 2 with HIPAA

On July 28, Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act (H.R. 3545), to align Part 2 with HIPAA rules. APA supports the legislation and is advocating for its passage.

President’s Commission Recommends Regulatory Changes to Align Part 2 with HIPAA

On July 31, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its Draft Interim Report with recommendations for the President to take to address the opioid crisis. Included as a recommendation is to better align, through regulation, patient privacy laws specific to addiction with the HIPAA to make sure information about substance use disorders is made available to medical professionals treating and prescribing medication to a patient.

FEB 23, 2017

Rule Governing Confidentiality of Substance Use Data Updated

The rule allows patients to use a general designation to indicate individuals with whom information may be shared.

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