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How to protect privacy when integrating behavioral health care
As a growing number of physician practices consider behavioral health integration as a way to help more patients receive the hard-to-find mental health care they need, patient privacy can’t be overlooked. Connect on the Go with AMA
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There are many federal and state laws and regulations related to behavioral health information, and they are ever-changing. The goal at the federal level is to balance a patient’s right to privacy and their right to decide who may access to their health information with physicians’ and other providers’ need to share information to provide optimal care, Lucy Hodder, JD, explained during a recent Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative webinar hosted by the AMA. Hodder is law professor and director of health law and policy programs at the University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice.
“Privacy rules are drafted to encourage information sharing, to support care management and care coordination. Remember that while it seems like they’re tough and the lawyers can be tough about it, the privacy rules have pathways for […]