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Passages Malibu Reaffirms Its Unshakable Commitment to Total Client Privacy
Date:4/25/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2013

Confidentiality and substance dependency rehabilitation remain inseparable from each other. A newly announced rule from the Department of Health and Human Services changes the definition of Protected Health Information in a way that applies specifically to residential rehab facilities who deal with high-profile clientele. The National Law Review published key excerpts of the new regulations, which were made public on March 28th 2013.

The revised rule refines the standards, under both the HIPAA and HITECH acts, for when breach notification is required. Essentially, a breach notification is required in every single situation that sensitive information is revealed, unless the facility handling the information can prove that there was a low probability that the Personal Health Information was compromised.

“When it comes to privacy, Passages adheres to the highest law of the land. We have a compliance program and ongoing compliance training as a part of our Joint Commission accreditation. Our clients sign confidentiality agreements as does our entire staff. We take privacy seriously.” said Passages Addiction Treatment Center’s Director of Quality Improvement and Utilization Review Officer Linda Shulman.

Especially in addiction rehab centers, where the societal stigma associated with substance dependency and recovery weigh heaviest, are the key tenets of confidentiality most important. Confidentiality and Protected Health Information security required by federal guidelines are often looser than those maintained at facilities like Passages Malibu. Federal guidelines occasionally do not go far enough to make sure that if a client desires complete confidentiality, they are able to recover under the full protection of it.

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