HIPAA Publication Available
SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) recently released
an educational document that compares the Confidentiality of Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulation (42 CFR Part 2) with the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy
Rule (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164).
The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
Regulation and the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Implications for Alcohol
and Substance Abuse Programs is a summary that highlights the
most significant areas in which the two Federal regulations interact.
The document is targeted to substance abuse treatment programs that
already comply with the Part 2 regulations but that require direction
about how to integrate the Privacy Rule into their business and
Subject areas include the applicability of the Privacy Rule, how
the Privacy Rule affects disclosures of information, when disclosures
are permitted, patient rights, administrative requirements, and
For more information on HIPAA, see SAMHSA News, January/February
2004, online at http://www.samhsa.gov/SAMHSA_News/VolumeXII_1/
For more information, contact Sarah A. Wattenberg, the SAMHSA HIPAA
Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org;
for information about Part 2 regulations, contact Dr. Kirk James
at CSAT at email@example.com.
A print copy of the publication will be released soon. For availability,
check with the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686
(English or Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). The document
can be viewed at the SAMHSA's Web site at www.hipaa.samhsa.gov.
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