The Modernization of 42 CFR Part 2

By: Kristina Maranges

On February 9th of this year, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) published its proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2, the confidentiality rules governing the patient identifying information generated by substance use disorder treatment programs receiving federal assistance.

The proposed changes seek to modernize the regulations by increasing the opportunities for individuals with substance use disorders to participate in developing health care models built on information sharing, coordinated care and health information technology that did not exist at the regulations’ inception.

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