HIPAA vs. SAMHSA: Managing Disclosures When Substance Use Disorders are Involved
This session focuses on the issues of managing health information when it may involve substance use disorder treatment information. When it comes to information related to the treatment of substance use disorders, regulations of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under 42 C.F.R. Part 2 prevail. Such information may be difficult to separate from “regular” Protected Health Information PHI in your records, and there are special rules for its disclosure and re-disclosure. With the current epidemic
of opioid abuse, there has been a great deal of publicity around the release of information and the necessity to share information with family and friends to facilitate recovery. In this session, we will review the HHS guidance on how to deal with the regulations and learn how it helps explain some rules.