More Work to Do on 42 CFR Part 2 that relate to the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records
More Work to Do on Part 2
June 4, 2016
More stakeholders criticize changes to regulation for sharing data of substance use disorder patients
In a recent eHealth Initiative webinar, Shawn Griffin, M.D., chief quality and informatics officer for Houston-based Memorial Hermann Physician Network, said that behavioral health is one of the keys to success with population health. “We are all going to have to do a better job on behavioral health,” he said. “It is a massive untouched opportunity.”
Recognizing the centrality of behavioral health to improving the nation’s overall health system, federal regulators have tried to encourage clinical integration and health information exchange.
In April I wrote something about the American Medical Informatics Association’s written response to changes proposed in February by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to rules about how providers share data about individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs).
The regulations, known as 42 CFR Part 2, relate to the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records.