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Feds issue guidance on substance abuse confidentiality law

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have issued guidance to help providers apply Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 to healthcare settings, including the electronic exchange of health information.

42 CFR Part 2, which protects the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, was passed by Congress in 1975 because of concerns about the potentially negative consequences that could come from disclosing such information.

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