2016 Amendments Permit Disclosure for Care Coordination Only Under State Law

One of the more challenging aspects of medical records management are federal and state legalities around release of substance abuse and mental health patient information. This year, the Iowa General Assembly passed legislation, Senate File 2144, to permit disclosure of otherwise confidential behavioral health information under Iowa law for care coordination purposes. SF 2144 was signed by Governor Branstad on April 6 and became effective on that day.


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Iowa Behavioral Health Association Hosts Jeanine Freeman & Paul Drey

HIPAA presentations for IBHA by Paul Drey, Jeanine Freeman
Paul Drey, Jeanine Freeman present HIPAA education to Iowa Behavioral Health Association.

On July 23rd the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA), Iowa’s statewide association of substance use disorder agencies, addiction treatment programs and community mental health centers, hosted prominent

Physician Practices Must Remain Vigilant in Responding to Subpoenas for Mental Health Information

Review of In the Interest of A.M. v. Thomas, Iowa Supreme Court, November 21, 2014

Summary. In a case it calls one of first impression, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a subpoena to compel the testimony of a psychotherapist regarding the