During the April LTPAC Roundtable titled The Challenges of Care Coordination Involving Behavioral Health Data - Part 2: A Panel Discussion our panelists addressed the varied challenges clinicians, health systems and HIEs entities face in exchanging, accessing and using behavioral health data across the health interoperability eco-system. At the end of the session, attendees were asked to provide their thoughts on the following question. Responses could range from 1 (not concerned at all) to 5 (extremely concerned).
To what extent are you concerned about patient safety issues related to 42 CFR Part 2?
(42 CFR Part 2 is a law applying to all records relating to the identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any patient in a substance abuse program that is conducted, regulated, or directly or indirectly assisted by any department or agency of the United States).
Respondents generally reported to be somewhat concerned (average score = 3.33) about the impact of the 42 CFR Part 2 regulation on patient safety.
Chart 1: To what extent are you concerned about patient safety issues related to 42 CFR Part 2? (Average Score)
That said, a detailed analysis of the distribution of responses indicates that less than one-quarter of the respondents had a low level of concern (“not concerned at all” or “slightly concerned”) about the new law, with almost half of respondents expressing a fairly elevated concern (“moderately concerned” or “extremely concerned”) about the impact of the law on patient safety. These findings suggest the HIMSS Behavioral Health community will want to monitor this issue this coming fiscal year and revisit the issue as deemed necessary.
Chart 2: To what extent are you concerned about patient safety issues related to 42 CFR Part 2? (responses by level of concern)