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Daily Dashboard | HHS launches efforts to address opioid crisis while focusing on privacy Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, April 20, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced in a press release it has launched new tools and programs designed to address the opioid crisis, while meeting requirements established under the 21st Century Cures Act to ensure all involved parties understand the ways HIPAA protects privacy. Web pages have been created to inform individuals on the circumstances where HIPAA permits covered entities to disclose mental health and substance use information to family members. Agencies within HHS will work together to identity and develop programs to help educate health care providers, patients, and families on the permitted use and disclosures of protected health information, while a working group will create a report on using protected health information for research purposes.
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