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Kirk Nahra Discusses Proposed Privacy Rule Changes for Substance Abuse Patients 

Healthcare Info Security
February 10, 2016

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a article about proposed changes to regulations governing the way substance abuse patients’ health records are shared. According to the article, the changes are designed to streamline consent requirements to allow medical records to be electronically shared.

“This proposal tries to revise a very old regulation that predates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules by decades and developed a very protective approach for what was viewed as particularly sensitive information, in the absence of other federal privacy rules at the time,” said Mr. Nahra.

“These [current] rules are substantially more aggressive and burdensome than the overall HIPAA approach,” he notes.

“The goal is to put this regulation more in line with the privacy practices for all other healthcare information, including a broad range of information that is equally as sensitive,” he added.

To read the complete article, please click here.