Tag: Substance Use Disorder

Health Care News

The Surgeon General’s Report on Opioids

A few developments worth highlighting in our nation’s ongoing war against opioid use disorder.  The U.S. Surgeon General has released a report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids.”  Among other things, the report calls for a cultural shift in the way we talk about the public health crisis and recommends actions …

Health Care News

Celebrating National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. An estimated 50% of all Americans are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That is why breaking down barriers to provide accessible, affordable, and community-based primary care for behavioral health is …

Health Center Regulatory Issues

Confidentiality and Medical Records: Do Special Protections Apply?

Since the 1970s, the Federal Government has required that the medical records of patients who receive treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) be given extra protections to ensure confidentiality.  These federal rules – commonly known as 42 CFR Part 2 – have recently been revised, and are more extensive than the standard protections required under …