SAMHSA Releases Final Rule to Modernize Confidentiality Requirements for Patients Seeking Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

American Health Lawyers Association

Purvi B. Maniar, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Corporate Services practices, in the firm’s New York office, and Lesley Yeung, an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, authored an American Health Lawyers Association Email Alert, titled “SAMHSA Releases Final Rule to Modernize Confidentiality Requirements for Patients Seeking Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.”

Following is an excerpt:

On Friday, January 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Final Rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (Part 2 Regulations). Concurrently, SAMHSA issued a Supplemental Proposed Rule addressing additional clarifications to the Part 2 Regulations, as amended by the Final Rule. The provisions in the Final Rule are effective February 17 and comments on the Proposed Rule are due by February 17.