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Enhancing Privacy Protections for Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

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On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized updated rules to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”) for the protection of Substance Use Disorder (“SUD”) patient records. The updated rules reflect the requirement that the Part 2 rules be more closely aligned with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) privacy, breach notification, and enforcement rules as mandated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020.

Part 2 protects the SUD treatment records of patients who are treated at a Part 2 program. Part 2 programs are those that are (1) federally assisted (they receive federal funding) and (2) hold themselves out as providing, and do provide, substance use disorder diagnosis, treatment, or referral for treatment. The final rules released by HHS this month reflect the inclusion of the public comments from providers, trade associations, health information exchanges, health plans and others.

The final rules make the following modifications to Part 2 regulations, effective February 16, 2026:

  • Patient Consent: One single Part 2 consent will be sufficient for all future disclosures for payment, treatment, and health care operations. All disclosures made with patient consent must include a copy of the consent or a clear explanation of the scope of consent. Previously, a separate consent was needed for each disclosure of Part 2 information. However, the final rules do retain a prohibition on the use of Part 2 records in legal proceedings and testimony in civil, criminal, administrative, and legislative proceedings against a patient without specific consent or a court order.
  • Counseling Notes: Like HIPAA psychotherapy records, a separate patient consent for the use and disclosure of SUD counseling notes is now required. SUD counseling notes include those analyzing the conversation in a SUD counseling session that the clinician voluntarily maintains separately from the rest of the patient’s SUD treatment and medical record.
  • Patient Notice: Part 2 patient notice requirements now align with the requirements of the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Redisclosure: HIPAA covered entities and business associates that receive records under a Part 2 consent may redisclose those records according to HIPAA regulations. Previously, Part 2 regulations required a specific disclosure that was stricter than HIPAA redisclosure regulations.
  • Public Health: Part 2 records may now be disclosed to public health authorities without patient consent as long as the records are de-identified.
  • Breach Notification: The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule requirements will also apply to breaches of records under Part 2.
  • Segregation of Part 2 Data: Part 2 records are no longer required to be segregated or segmented from other medical records.
  • Fundraising: Patients will be able to opt out of receiving fundraising communications from Part 2 programs.
  • Complaints: Patients will have a right to file a complaint directly with the Secretary of HHS for an alleged violation of Part 2 in addition to filing a complaint with the Part 2 program.
  • Penalties: Part 2 penalties will be aligned with HIPAA by replacing criminal penalties currently in Part 2 with civil and criminal enforcement authorities that also apply to HIPAA violations.

The text of the final rule can be found on the Federal Register. All Part 2 programs must comply with the new requirements by February 16, 2026. The BMD healthcare team can help ensure that you are compliant. Please reach out to Daphne Kackloudis ( or Jordan Burdick ( for questions or assistance.

Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rule Changes: Part 2

New rule changes for Certification of Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA)

Board of Pharmacy Rule Changes

Board of Pharmacy made changes to rules effective on March 4, 2024

Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board Rule Changes

The Counselor, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board has proposed changes to the Ohio Administrative Code rules discussed below. The rules are scheduled for a public hearing on April 23, 2024, and public comments are due by this date. Please reach out to BMD Member Daphne Kackloudis for help preparing comments on these rules or for additional information.

Latest Batch of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Rules: What Providers Should Know

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board recently released several new rules and proposed amendments to existing rules over the past few months. A hearing for the new rules was held on February 16, 2024, but the Board has not yet finalized them.

Now in Effect: DOL Final Rule on Classification of Independent Contractors

Effective March 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted a new standard for the classification of employees versus independent contractors — a much anticipated update since the DOL issued its Final Rule on January 9, 2024, as previously discussed by BMD.  In brief, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creates significant protections for workers related to minimum wage, overtime pay, and record-keeping requirements. That said, such protection only exists for employees. This can incentivize entities to classify workers as independent contractors; however, misclassification is risky and can be costly.