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SAMHSA relaxes Part 2 privacy requirements to support coordinated, integrated care and to prepare for further revisions from the CARES Act.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week announced the adoption of 42 CFR Part 2 revisions that it says are designed to facilitate care coordination between providers while maintaining privacy protections.
With providers feeling a financial impact from COVID-19, a push for a $100 billion federal investment in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services tops National Council’s action plan.
The Joint Commission has unveiled a series of revisions to its standards for providing substance use disorder treatment to increase consistency among providers and improve quality of care.
The Mental Health Liaison Group has asked CMS that the flexibilities around telehealth it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic be extended one year after the emergency period is declared over to evaluate the potential for certain changes to become permanent.

ONC fellow discusses current privacy initiatives being explored in federal health IT effort

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