HHS proposes to modernize privacy rules on substance abuse records
- On Friday, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell announced proposed revisions to the rules governing the privacy of medical records for patients with histories of substance abuse.
- The proposed changes seek to facilitate exchanges of health information while addressing privacy concerns for patients seeking treatment for substance abuse. The proposed changes are specific to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2.
- The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations provide more stringent federal protections for patients with substance use disorders records than most other health privacy laws, including HIPAA, according to HHS. Those regulations haven’t been updated since 1987.
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