BHACA Webinar: Privacy and Integrated Behavioral Health -- Special Considerations Under HIPAA and Part 2, June 20, 2014

An educational webinar of the Greater Houston Behavioral Health Affordable Care Act Initiative

Questions about confidentiality often arise when integrating behavioral health care with primary care. Sharing patient/client information among health care providers in an integrated setting is often quite permissible, yet many misconceptions exist about what data can and cannot be shared.

This webinar helps correct such misconceptions and provides clarity about the regulations for sharing mental health and substance use information. Marshall Preddy, JD, Associate General Counsel and Privacy Officer with Lone Star Circle of Care, provides precise yet comprehensive information about how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (42 CFR Part 2) apply to sharing mental health and substance use information in integrated health care settings.

Mr. Preddy presented on this topic at a BHACA event last November.  One audience member, an executive from The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, stated, "Thank you so much for bringing Marshall Preddy to speak to us. I feel like I finally have the correct information on this issue that is so complex but so crucial to our work."  Because Mr. Preddy's presentation was so well-received in November, we asked him to present again via webinar.


Event flyer available here.


A video recording of this webinar is now published on Youtube - please follow this link to view this recording:


 For a PDF of the presentation slides, click here.


Additional resources provided as follow-up to the webinar and links to resources referenced by Mr. Preddy during the webinar:


Collected commentary regarding definition of Psychotherapy Notes under the HIPAA Rule

Bricker and Eckler is an awesome resource for spelunking HIPAA regulations.


Frequently Asked Questions: Applying the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations to Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Addresses the Part 2 Regulation with respect to HIEs, but also helpful for understanding Part 2 more generally, including how the rule compares to HIPAA.


HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health

Excellent plain language explanation for how HIPAA applies to mental health PHI. This is very recent guidance from the Office of Civil Rights. Share this with your providers and employees.


SAMHSA FAQ on How to Apply 42 CFR Part 2 


Thanks to the generosity of our funders, Houston Endowment Inc., The Meadows Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston Community Response Fund, this event is offered at no cost.