Privacy Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Information Sharing Between Providers and Managed Care Organizations: Final Report. B. Purpose of the study

01/17/2003

DHHS contracted with Mathematica Policy Research to provide information to assist the managed care and treatment communities in respecting the privacy of patients while addressing the care management needs of MCOs.  Toward this end, this report does not propose a minimum set of information that should be shared but describes (1) how patient health information is typically transferred from mental health and substance abuse providers to managed care payers and (2) what personal health information key stakeholders—including providers, consumer advocates, and managed care organizations—consider to be minimally necessary. In addition, the report identifies models of privacy-sensitive approaches to sharing personal health information.

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