October 31, 2014
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HIPAA Omnibus Policy, Procedure & BAA Template Kit
The Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of a set of 38 HIPAA Policy Templates for HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules and an updated Business Associate Agreement all of which conform to the HIPAA Omnibus Update released January 25, 2013 and the technical correction published June 7, 2013.
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Professional Learning Center Store
HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Templates, now available. HITECH and Breach Notification changes apply to BAAs.
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Coalition Video on YouTube
Empowering Lives Through Community Behavioral Health - Five stories narrated by Mike Wallace in two parts.
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Federal Reps Author Opioid Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 5587)
Congress Members Bill Foster (D-IL) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation (The
Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act - H.R. 5587) that would award grants
to one or more States that that are hard hit by the opioid epidemic, enabling a
1-year pilot project to develop a standardized peer review process and
methodology to review and evaluate prescribing and pharmacy dispensing patterns,
through a review of prescription drug monitoring programs.
The bill would also provide grants to study the prospect of allowing
prescribing authority to advanced practice nurses and physician assistants in
order to treat addiction recovery.
Additionally, the bill would award 5-year grants to
facilitate training that would increase the capacity of health care providers to
conduct patient screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment as
needed, such as in health care settings, to prevent the abuse of prescription
drugs, heroin, and other controlled substances. This grant program could be
coordinated with the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
grant program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
or other appropriate programs.
It would also require that the Secretary of Health and Human Services conduct
a review to determine whether naloxone should be available as an
over-the-counter drug. The bill also would encourage states and local
governments to implement and increase drug take-back programs to allow people to
dispose of unused prescription drugs—programs that have shown much promise in
the States where they have been implemented.
Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Tim Ryan (D-OH)
and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) are original cosponsors of the bill.
The National Council for Behavioral Health recently
highlighted this important legislation as well. We will continue to track it
and keep you abreast of any developments.
SAMHSA Releases New Strategic Plan
On October 1, SAMHSA released “Leading Change 2.0:
Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation,” its strategic plan for
fiscal years 2015 to 2018. According to SAMHSA, “through the plan, SAMHSA will
increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders, promote emotional
health and wellness, address the prevention of substance use disorders and
mental illness, increase access to treatment, and support recovery.”
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