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SAMHSA Finalizes Changes to Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records Rule

Posted in Behavioral Health

For the first time in nearly thirty years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has updated the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 2). On January 18, 2017, SAMHSA published the Final Rule amending 42 C.F.R. Part 2. The changes were set to be effective February… Continue Reading

HIPAA Breach Reports Trigger Investigations, Significant Settlements

Posted in Breach, Business Associate, Enforcement

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced two more significant HIPAA settlements involving covered entities. Both settlements were the result of investigations triggered by breach reports involving laptop thefts. And as is often the case, the investigations uncovered numerous HIPAA compliance issues above and beyond those which led to the breach. North Memorial Health Care… Continue Reading