This lesson will be addressing how practice/business managers (or compliance offers) need to ensure their organization is complying with the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) regulations (42 CFR Part 2) and how this differs from the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security Regulations.
Both regulations carry significant civil and even criminal penalties if not complied with.
Both regulations are now being enforced proactively by the Federal government.
Both regulations if not complied with can lead to catastrophic legal consequences on state laws of negligence and invasion of privacy if not complied with.
This lesson will cover the latest SAMHSA and HIPAA updates which were released in January 2018 and December of 2017 respectively, and also cover multiple scenarios and FAQ’s relating to Substance Abuse Records, Mental Health Records, Alcohol Abuse Records, and the proper ways to secure this information and/or release this information.
An overview of a comparative analysis will be presented comparing SAMHSA to the HIPAA laws relating to protected health information in general.
Are you clear on the differences between HIPAA and SAMHSA CFR 42 Part 2? – there are some small but extremely major differences that must be addressed between the two regulations.
Is your organization working with substance abuse records or treating patients for substance abuse?
Are you aware of the strict federal regulations related to this type of sensitive information?
Are you aware of the ramifications for non-compliance for both HIPAA and SAMHSA?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities
• Updates for 2018
• What is SAMHSA
• What is HIPAA
• Portable devices
• When and how records can be released
• Proper Documentation Required
• Enforcement of the Law
• SAMHSA vs HIPAA (specific scenarios)
• Who must comply
• Best Practices
• Practice managers
• Any business associates who work with mental health records, substance abuse records, or alcohol abuse records (i.e. billing companies, transcription companies, IT companies, answering services, home health, coders, attorneys, etc)
• MD’s and other medical professionals
Brian L Tuttle, CPHIT, CHP, CBRA, Net+, A+, CCNA, MCP is a Certified Professional in Health IT (CPHIT), Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) with over 15 years’ experience in Health IT and Compliance Consulting. Mr. Tuttle has worked all of those 15 years with MAG Mutual Healthcare Solutions and is now Senior Compliance Consultant and IT Manager with InGauge Healthcare Solutions (previously named MAG Mutual Healthcare Solutions). Almost all of Brian’s clients are earned by referral with little or no advertising. Brian is well known and highly regarded in medical circles throughout the United States.
Mr. Tuttle vast experience in health IT systems (i.e. practice management/EMR systems, imaging, transcription, medical messaging, etc.) as well as over 17 years’ experience in standard Health IT with multiple certifications and hands-on knowledge, Brian serves as compliance consultant and has conducted onsite risk assessments for over 500 medical practices, hospitals and business associates throughout the United States.