Avoid Easy-to-Make Substance Abuse Record Release Errors, Penalties

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Stricter federal confidentiality laws now govern when and how you are allowed to release patient substance abuse records. If you fail to comply with these regulations (even by accident), you can be hit with serious financial penalties for each offense (not to mention the legal consequences).

Recently, there have been drastic changes to consent and Lawful Holder regulations under both the CARES Act Part 2 and HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Complying with every requirement for both laws is the only way to protect your practice.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. disclosing substance abuse patient records.

Medical records expert and healthcare attorney, Gina L. Campanella, Esq. can help. Gina will walk you through exactly when and how you are allowed to disclose patient drug and alcohol abuse records. You’ll receive step-by-step help with clear processes you must put into action immediately to avoid hefty violation fines from both HIPAA and SAMHSA.

Here are just some of the substance abuse record release rule questions you’ll get answered when you attend this upcoming 60-minute live online training:

  • How can you readily identify when to apply HIPAA vs SAMHSA requirements?
  • What components must you include in your patient consent form to legally protect your practice?
  • When you MUST provide substance abuse details, what safeguards must you implement?
  • Under what circumstances can your patient revoke their consent?
  • Does your state impose stricter privacy laws that you must also follow?
  • How can you avoid a fine when you must release abuse records without written consent?
  • What obligations do you have to the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA)?
  • Are patient verbal authorizations acceptable when release substance abuse records?
  • What is the best way to keep track of patient authorization and revocation of disclosure?
  • What if the release request comes from law enforcement or a subpoena?
  • In the event of a medical emergency, are you allowed to release substance abuse info?
  • Should your policies always include a written re-disclosure statement?
  • And so much more!

Who should attend this session? If your practice has even one patient that has a history of substance abuse in their medical record, this online training is for you. Failing to comply with SAMHSA’s 42 CFR Part 2 Federal Drug and Alcohol Confidentiality Laws leaves your practice at great financial and legal risk.

The financial and legal consequences are just the start. If you’re licensed or certified to provide treatment, the penalties are even stiffer – you can even lose your license or certification. It only takes one patient complaint to put you on an auditor’s radar. If that happens you must be sure you’ve done everything right.

By attending this upcoming online training, you’ll learn how to ensure your practice is compliant with both CARES Act and SAMHSA substance abuse record release rules. You really can’t afford not to know how to accurately and legally disclose substance abuse patient records.disclosing substance abuse patient records.

Don’t wait. Sign up today. disclosing substance abuse patient records.

Meet Your Expert

Gina L. Campanella
Esq, FACHERegulatory Compliance Specialist

Ms. Campanella focuses her practice on business law, healthcare regulatory and transactional matters. She assists her clients with transactional services and regulatory compliance consulting, as well as general counsel services to small and large businesses, medical practices, and professional societies. Clients seek her expertise related to HIPAA compliance, contracting, employment agreements, commercial leases, new practice formation, and surgical center licensing and registration. Ms. Campanella is a nationally respected regulatory compliance specialist who dedicates herself to educating professionals nationwide on issues of healthcare business transactions and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Campanella graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2012 and earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law in 2005. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (New Jersey Chapter), the American Health Lawyers Association, and the New York City Bar. Several of her certifications include earning the status of Certified HIPAA Administrator from the HIPAA Academy and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Campanella is also an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences.


The webinar was great!
Shobha Chottera
Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Health