Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange

To effectively exchange data, states must understand the legal barriers that may prevent the data-sharing between physical and behavioral health care providers.

To support care integration efforts, states should work with providers and managed care plans to debunk misconceptions about legal privacy rules that may impede data-sharing between physical and behavioral health providers.

This brief by Manatt Health Solutions examines the strategies states use to address these legal barriers, including:

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Federal substance abuse treatment regulations
  • Federal and state health information privacy laws

Given the patchwork of state and federal laws governing health information privacy, barriers to data exchange vary from one situation to another. The authors provide examples of common obstacles health care providers face when sharing data, in addition to potential strategies for overcoming such barriers.

 

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