AHIP, AHA support sharing behavioral health data under HIPAA

Health plan and hospital trade groups support a bill to bring behavioral health information into the same data sharing environment as physical health information. The measure would require behavioral health providers to share records of patients with substance use disorders in the same way other health records are securely shared among providers. It’s part of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act currently winding its way through the House. Opponents see sharing mental health records with other providers as an invasion of privacy, but supporters say it’s critical for providers to understand patient history, which may affect medical treatment