Do you have resources about what hospitals can release about drugs and alcohol?
Formal and informal releases?
Release of information on drug and alcohol treatment is regulated by some state laws and by 42 CFR Part 2. These restrictions are very technical and much more restrictive than HIPAA — for instance, under HIPAA you can give info to another provider in the healthcare chain, but under Part 2, patient consent is required. This is an area where specific legal advice is needed — especially if there is a potential conflict among HIPAA, state, and Part 2 standards. You can find the Part 2 regulations at ELECTRONIC CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS: 42 CFR Part2
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