Privacy Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Information Sharing Between Providers and Managed Care Organizations: Final Report. Suggested Proposals/Models

01/17/2003

In an attempt to resolve the conflicts between the information needs of MCOs and the privacy needs of mental health and substance abuse patients, numerous stakeholders have developed recommendations defining which types of patient information should be shared with the MCO and guidelines for how MCO should handle the information once they receive it. Several providers have also developed models for alternative review systems that would minimize the amount of personal patient information that providers would need to share with MCOs. Details of these proposals are described below.

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