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Opioid Treatment Records Easier to Share Under Rule in the Works (Corrected)

July 18, 2019, 11:01 AMUpdated: July 18, 2019, 2:01 PM

The Trump administration plans to change how patients who are treated for substance use must give consent to have their medical records shared with hospitals or pain doctors, according to two sources briefed on the discussions. The change is under way because the current burdensome consent requirements create an easy way for other doctors to unwittingly prescribe opioids and get the patients hooked again.

Sign Here, Here, and Here: Doctors can share patient information with other providers and insurers without their consent under HIPAA, the general health record privacy law. But at drug treatment facilities, patients are required to give...

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