Jessica Kim Cohen reports:
Some providers have come out against a recent HHS proposal that would expand law enforcement’s access to patient records that involve addiction treatment information, worrying it could deter people from seeking care.
The proposal from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would allow courts to authorize disclosure of these patient records when investigating certain crimes, including alleged drug trafficking. Senior officials have described these regulations, known as CFR Part 2, as “so complex” that they have deterred clinicians from getting involved in treating addiction, despite the escalating need.
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