Drug and Alcohol Treatment Info "Ok" to Go

Over the summer, the ONC and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) held a session to discuss the application of the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations to electronic health information exchange through HIOs (Health Information Organizations).  David Blumental, National Coordinator, ONC, and Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer were among the distinguished panel leading the discussion on this very important topic.

In short,SAMHSA and ONC support the use and disclosure of 42 CFR Part 2 information through an HIO, as long the Part 2 Rules are followed.  Although SAMHSA's position is concerning to some who fear that including such sensitive information for HIE will make it susceptible to breaches and improper disclosures, the agency found that there are significant positive health benefits that patients could gain from allowing an HIO to facilitate proper exchange of their records electronically.

For an INCREDIBLY helpful Q&A Guidance document regarding how SAMHSA believes Part 2 Drug & Alcohol Treatment records can be appropriately used and disclosed through an HIO, visit their website at http://www.samhsa.gov/healthprivacy/, or click "Continue Reading" below for copy of their Questions & Answers on this topic ....

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