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Update: HHS Delays Effective Date for 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published the Final Rule to 42 CFR Part 2, Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, on January 18, 2017. While originally effective on February 17, 2017, the rule will now become effective on March 21, 2017 in accordance with the memorandum... Read More >

Final Rule of the Common Rule Published

The Department of Homeland Security; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Department of Commerce; Social Security Administration; Agency for International Development; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Department of Labor; Department of Defense; Department of Education; Department of Veterans Affairs; Environmental Protection... Read More >

HHS Releases 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Final Rule to 42 CFR Part 2 on January 18, 2017. The rule modernizes the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations by facilitating health information exchange between health care entities and addressing patient privacy... Read More >

New Products: The Blue Button Initiative

The Blue Button Initiative was created within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a way to improve veterans’ access to their medical records. Blue Button allows consumers to request information from health care providers, health insurance companies, laboratories, and drugstores. Although Blue Button’s popularity is growing, it... Read More >

New Perspective from the Field Interview with Bianca Frogner, PhD

Health Information & the Law interviewed Bianca Frogner, PhD, an Associate Professor and Health Economist with the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, for our Perspectives from the Field Interview Series. Frogner speaks of her tenure as a Health Economist using data to better understand health consumers' experience at multiple levels of care. With her experience... Read More >

Why health information law?

Health information law exists at the intersection of many crucial and interrelated fields: law, health care, consumer protection, information technology, public health, insurance. Each small change can trigger a daunting set of issues and challenges. offers keys to understanding the laws that govern health information and the implications they can have across health care and beyond.

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About The Project

A project of the George Washington University’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, Health Information and the Law (, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  is designed to serve as a practical online resource to federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health information. Constantly updated, the site addresses the current legal and regulatory framework of health information law and changes in the legal and policy landscape impacting health information law and its implementation with commentary and key documents.  

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