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Individuals with opioid use disorder have turned to easily accessible medications containing loperamide to ease withdrawal symptoms or replace opioids. Providers should watch for signs and symptoms of misuse.
Citing data from the 2017 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology data brief notes that 29% of providers use only electronic records and 57% have a combination of electronic and paper records.
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SAMHSA relaxes Part 2 privacy requirements to support coordinated, integrated care and to prepare for further revisions from the CARES Act.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week announced the adoption of 42 CFR Part 2 revisions that it says are designed to facilitate care coordination between providers while maintaining privacy protections.
Aimed at improving the sharing of patients’ substance use history between providers, the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act would require patient consent and protect patients from SUD-related discrimination.
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