Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records—Final Rule (42 CFR Part 2)
The Federal rules governing alcohol and drug abuse patient records are titled “Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records; Final Rule” otherwise referred to as “42 CFR Part 2” (Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2). These regulations appear in the Tuesday, June 9, 1987, edition of the Federal Register.
Unless expressly permitted by the regulations, these regulations apply to and restrict disclosure of information that identifies a patient as a person who abuses alcohol or drugs directly, by reference to other publicly available information, or through verification of such identification by another person. Programs may disclose patient-identifying information only under the following conditions:
* With the prior written consent of the patient
* To medical personnel to the extent necessary to meet a bona fide medical emergency
* As authorized by court order granted after application showing “good cause”
* To qualified personnel for conducting scientific research, management audits, financial audits, or program evaluation.
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