Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Massachusetts: Obstacles and Potential Solutions

March 8, 2016

This report, prepared by Robert Belfort and Alex Dworkowitz of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, provides a review of the primary Massachusetts and federal privacy laws relevant to the exchange of information among physical and behavioral health providers and an assessment of technological and operational challenges faced by providers seeking to integrate care through enhanced data exchange. The report proposes ways in which existing laws could be clarified or amended to better facilitate information exchange and identifies potential operational strategies for minimizing the restrictive impact of existing privacy laws without compromising patient privacy.

The Foundation hosted a webinar with authors Robert Belfort and Alex Dworkowitz of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP to review key findings from this report on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here to access the webinar slides.

Click here to view a recording of the March 30th webinar.