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Privacy And Confidentiality In Destination Rehab

It is normal for patients attending rehab to be concerned over their privacy and reputation. Fortunately, there are several laws in place to protect the privacy of each patient.

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How Is Privacy And Confidentiality Enforced In Destination Rehab?

Privacy, confidentiality, and safety are a must for individuals looking to recover from drug or alcohol abuse. For reasons like maintaining privacy to protect reputation or as a means to honor basic privacy rights of each patient, everyone attending rehab has a right to confidentiality. Fortunately, individuals who attend non-destination rehab and destination rehab for drug and alcohol abuse are granted privacy to protect their reputations.

If someone has chosen to travel for rehab just to keep their recovery activity safe, or if the individual does not want people to know which addiction they are suffering from, there are options to ensure they can heal confidently. After he or she is picked up and dropped off to rehab, individuals fill out paperwork that help facility staff gain awareness of their history, their medical needs, and financial standing (e.g. insurance).

Paperwork And Confidentiality In Destination Rehab

Additionally, those attending rehab have to sign paperwork which covers a physical exam, medications, history of drug abuse, mental health concerns and other details. Individuals attending destination or luxury rehab would need additional privacy as celebrities want to protect their identity while getting treatment. This is taken into consideration especially in luxury rehabs where celebrities, business executives, CEOs, and other types of patients are. Once the patient provides the required information, they can take comfort knowing the following content is safe in rehab:

  • The past, present, and the future of the physicality of the patient.
  • The mental health of the patient (past, present, or future).
  • Provision of the patient’s health care.
  • The past, present, or future methods of payment of the patient.

Lastly, some facilities allow family members to visit their loved ones. This allows them to provide support during recovery and sometimes attend 12-Step programs for family members. All along the visits, the identity of each individual is protected.

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Privacy And Confidentiality Practiced In Destination Rehab: Privacy Policies

Around the 1970s, congress realized there was a stigma surrounding patients getting substance abuse treatment. In order to protect their privacy and shield them from the stigmas that follow them, congress enacted the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records in 1971 (the “42 CFR Part 2”, also called “Part 2”) and in 2001, the “Privacy Rule” (also called the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information”). Previous to that was the HIPAA Act, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. According to SAMSHA, with the 42 CFR Part 2, facilities or programs are not allowed to disclose patient information unless the patient has consented via writing. Any disclosures have to be limited in accordance with what is necessary, “to carry out the purpose of the disclosure.”

The Privacy Rule does not allow, “uses and disclosures for treatment, payment, and healthcare as well as other disclosures without the individual’s prior written consent.” As a note, disclosures not required by the Privacy Rule must have permission with the set criteria met. Recently, there have been updates made to the 42 CFR Part 2. The original policy protected the privacy of each patient. Recent changes have clarified for unclear elements of Part 2, to address law enforcement concerns which, “are covered by the audit and evaluation provision.” While there are few exceptions where medical records may be disclosed without the consent of the patient in the case of crimes, child abuse, court orders, medical emergencies, or a cause of death reporting. These scenarios are emergency based or more serious instances; however, celebrities and business executives, CEOs, or other patients in destination rehab can ensure their privacy is kept.

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Privacy And Confidentiality Practiced In Destination Rehab: The HIPAA Act

The HIPAA Act protects the medical records and health information of each patient and relates to “health plans, pharmacies, and health clearing houses.” Additionally, medical staff are well aware and taught to protect patients’ privacy and guard the confidentiality of each patient through training. According to SAMSHA, disclosure programs in substance abuse facilities involve the following themes to ensure patient protection. Furthermore, disclosure programs like HIPAA may include but are not limited to:

  • Safeguarding documents that can identify patients.
  • (HIPAA) The submitting of claims to health plans.
  • Coordinating benefits with health plans.
  • Transmitting of health care plans.
  • (HIPAA) Not revealing patient information without consent of the patient.

Patients who are concerned with their privacy policies can always inquire about their privacy in rehab before attending. Moreover, patients can always inquire for more details with medical staff at facilities or conduct research to ensure their privacy is properly protected.  They can do this by contacting the facility to inquire about ways they protect the privacy of each patient.

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Fortunately, those battling substance abuse can get the help needed as privacy is part of the practice in facilities. If you or a loved one is concerned with privacy and is not getting help because of the concerns, it is understandable, but don’t let it hold you back. Contact a qualified treatment provider today for more information on accommodations, treatments, privacy, and financial plans available. Start your healing journey today by reaching out to someone who can help you take control of your addiction.

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