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May 28, 2024   

Major Updates to Substance Use Disorder Treatment Confidentiality Requirements Increase Alignment with HIPAA But Raise New Questions

This Briefing is brought to you by AHLA’s Behavioral Health Practice Group.
  • May 28, 2024
  • Lisa Pierce Reisz , Epstein Becker & Green PC
  • David Shillcutt , Epstein Becker & Green PC
  • Marissa Wong , START Treatment & Recovery Centers

Following the release of the new final rule (Final Rule) governing confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment information under 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (Part 2), providers, health plans, and intermediaries are trying to navigate their new obligations, understand the potential risks posed by the new enforcement landscape, and plan for the necessary changes to their day-to-day operations. Although the Final Rule will in some ways lessen the burden on Part 2 programs by aligning their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Part 2, the road to compliance may present challenges. SUD treatment providers will need to update their patient consents and Notice of Privacy Practices (NoPP), and all entities that handle Part 2 records will need to figure out how to attach consent forms to disclosures of Part 2 records, update their business associate/qualified service organization (QSO) agreements and policies and procedures for breach notification and other compliance obligations. Some providers have already begun updating their patient consent forms to take advantage of the new flexibilities offered by the Final Rule; however, all regulated entities should begin preparing for the compliance deadline of February 16, 2026.


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