Privacy Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment: Information Sharing Between Providers and Managed Care Organizations: Final Report. V. Potential Next Steps

01/17/2003

Confidentiality is clearly essential to effective mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Our review of the status of privacy-sensitive approaches to collecting personal health information for managed care suggests there are steps that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could take to advance current information-sharing practices so that they are more privacy-sensitive.  First, we review the option and possible consequences of “doing nothing.” We then discuss what HHS might consider if it decides to develop or facilitate the development of a standard set of minimum necessary information.  Finally, we discuss how the information in this report might be used by the health plan community to further privacy-sensitive approaches to collecting the minimum amount of personal health information needed to manage care.

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