SAMHSA Finalizes Changes to Part 2 Regulations Governing Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

In January 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) made the first major, substantive amendments to 42 C.F.R. part 2 (part 2), the federal regulations governing confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records, since 1987.  The amendments were largely aimed at allowing the exchange of patient identifying information (PII) within clinically integrated 

Governor Sununu Signs Two Bills to Address Delays in New Hampshire Nurse Licensure Process

New Hampshire, like many states, is facing a nursing shortage.  The problems associated with this shortage are often exacerbated by delays in the New Hampshire nurse licensure process principally caused by the Department of Safety’s lengthy processing time for required criminal background checks.  These delays have forced health care facilities to tell prospective employees who 

NH Legislature Creates Special Medicaid Representative Designation

Long-term care facilities frequently struggle to obtain payment for their services because most residents exhaust their assets during long, expensive stays.  Although these residents are usually eligible to receive Medicaid benefits when their money runs out, they often neglect to file or pursue Medicaid applications.  Until recently, NH facilities were forced to seek appointment of 

New Hampshire Board of Medicine Adopts Final Opioid Prescription Rules

New Hampshire, like many states, is facing an opioid addiction crisis. In 2015, there were over 400 deaths in New Hampshire caused by powerful opioids like Heroin and Fentanyl. Federal, state, and local governments have struggled to find workable solutions to this extremely complicated problem. After considering comments and feedback from a myriad of stakeholders on both sides 

Red Flags Rule and Identity Theft Prevention Programs

The Red Flags law requires creditors to have in place Identity Theft Prevention Programs. In light of recent changes in the Red Flags law, there seems to be some confusion as to whether healthcare providers are categorically excluded from the requirements of the law.