SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on Substance Use Treatment Information Sharing

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SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on Substance Use Treatment Information Sharing


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) July 13 issued a final rule to amend sections of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that dictate restrictions on how federally assisted alcohol or drug abuse programs may use and share patient information. The effective date of the rule is Aug. 14.

Key Takeaways

The rule finalizes proposals to:

  • Clarify that treatment records created by non-part 2 providers
  • Allow opioid treatment programs to enroll in and submit data to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs).
  • Allow patients to consent to disclosure of treatment records to an entity without naming a specific person as recipient.

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