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On December 14, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a request for information (“RFI”), asking for feedback on how to change certain regulations issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). The RFI seeks information on how best to remove obstacles to efficient care coordination while also protecting patients’ health information, as well as how to encourage providers to share information for treatment and care coordination, making it easier to share information with parents and caregivers in dealing with the opioid crisis. Comments or information regarding changes to the HIPAA regulations must be submitted to HHS on or before February 12, 2019. Then, the agency will still need to go through the regulatory rulemaking process to implement any proposed changes after the RFI process is complete. Read More ›

On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6 or the “Act”), which aims to combat opioid abuse with increased attention to treatment. The wide-reaching compromise legislation combines elements from a number of opioid bills, addressing issues from access to treatment and prevention programs to expanded law enforcement efforts to curtail drug trafficking. The Act, however, does omit several items that have been part of the national dialogue on opioid abuse. For example, it does not include amendments to 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2 and the associated regulation at 42 C.F.R. Part 2 (“Part 2”) that would align the Part 2 substance use treatment privacy law with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) privacy rules to better facilitate the sharing of a patient’s substance use disorder information among providers. In addition, the Act does not provide for a significant increase in spending for the opioid crisis. Read More ›

Telehealth Updates - California

Last week, California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 2861, which expands access to behavioral health and substance use providers via telehealth for Medicaid patients.  AB 2861 will expand Medi-Cal reimbursement for services provided via telehealth technology by certain licensed practitioners and certified substance use disorder (“SUD”) counselors. Read More ›

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