As we embrace the integration of physical and behavioral health and encourage the coordination of an individual’s care we need to revisit an outdated regulation (42 CFR Part 2) that impedes the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) care. In the early 70’s a well-intended law passed to protect patient confidentiality of substance use disorder records. This was done to help encourage individuals with a substance use disorder to seek treatment without being concerned about people finding out they had a SUD and risking the stigma that may follow.
Our health care system has evolved since the 70’s and we now have the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect a patient’s record. We are also gravely concerned about the number of people dying from an opioid overdose and the time has come to revamp policies that hinder whole person care.
Watch this webinar to learn about:
- The barriers that are created by 42 CFR Part 2 and the negative consequences that can result in care delivery when a treating provider isn’t aware of a person’s SUD history.
- Updates that are being made to this regulation and whether or not these changes successfully eliminate the obstacles created by the initial law and accompanying regulations.