The CARES Act Final Rule changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) is effective today, April 16. On Feb. 16, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), published the final rule modifying 42 CFR Part 2 to implement Section 3221 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the “CARES Act Final Rule”). The compliance deadline is Feb. 16, 2026, but early voluntary compliance any time after the April 16 effective date is permitted.

In the newest Coppersmith Brief, Attorneys Mel Soliz and Katherine Hyde summarize the most significant Part 2 rule changes and put those changes into context for health care providers, health plans and health information networks/exchanges (HIN/HIEs).

If you have questions or concerns about how the changes to the Part 2 regulations might affect your organization, please contact

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