Privacy Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Information Sharing Between Providers and Managed Care Organizations: Final Report. A. Provider Associations, Clinicians, and Advocates

01/17/2003

The provider association representatives, clinicians, and consumer advocates we interviewed agreed that many MCOs request more personal health information than they need to manage care.  There was less than full agreement, however, on just how much information MCOs do need.  We begin by discussing the views that allow for the least information to be shared.  Many of the consumer advocates we spoke with were not comfortable with being specific about what they believe would be acceptable to share with MCOs.  The issue has not typically been a pivotal one for them, and they often said they did not hear about it much from their membership.

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