Drug rehab confidentiality is a very serious matter. “Confidentiality” means that your private information will not be shared with anyone else, including the court and law enforcement agents, without your express permission or unless mandated by a judge. And most drug treatment centers take it seriously -they have to protect their license from government agencies overseeing health care providers. This means that you can trust them when they say, only specific people who need access to information about you may view it. They’ll let you know what information must be reported if any at all because some reports are required for insurance reasons while many others aren’t necessary for legal matters but could help support your case.
How Is Confidentiality Handled By Drug Rehab Centers?
Confidentiality is vital to drug rehab centers; not only do they have a legal obligation to keep patient information private, but if their confidentiality practices aren’t up-to-par, then patients may flee from treatment or not seek help at all. No one wants this. The whole point of going through rehab in the first place is so you can recover and become a functioning member of society again! So your health care provider will take specific steps to protect your privacy, such as:
• Accessing Your Records – Only specific people who need access to certain types of information about you may view it under limited circumstances. They’ll let you know what exactly information about yourself must be reported, if any at all because some reports are required for insurance reasons while many others aren’t necessary for legal matters but could help support your case.
• Safeguards – A drug rehab will have staff members who are committed to protecting patient confidentiality. They’ll keep all documents locked up when they aren’t being viewed or use password protection on computers where records are stored so only certain people can access them during the times of day that the information is needed. Plus, most modern computer systems now include a “shred” option which automatically deletes any record you’ve accessed from your hard drive or memory once it’s been saved for analysis! So even if someone were able to hack into their system, there would be no trace of what was looked. It has already been deleted from your device and theirs. And finally, electronic health care records (EHRs) are now being used more and more so patients can turn their records over to another health care provider with the click of a mouse instead of having to transfer them some other way. This is great for privacy because once you’ve turned your information into someone else, then it no longer resides on their servers or in anyone’s memory but yours!
• Releases of Information – These allow you to authorize the release of certain types of information like medical and billing records, treatment plans, counseling notes, progress/labs/test results, or other documents that may be used in court or law enforcement investigations. If these forms do not contain specific language, then the drug rehab center can choose whether it will honor them or not, so keep this in mind when filling out such paperwork.
• Electronic Access to Your Records – It’s becoming widespread for drug rehab centers to offer patients online access to their medical records. This could include lab results, appointment schedules, and other reports in the treatment center computer system. Of course, you can’t view your entire record this way. Still, it is a good source of information. If there are certain things you need or want to check regularly, such as medication lists, consent forms/notes related to incident reports, so be sure to ask about this when choosing where you’ll go because some don’t offer electronic access yet.
Drug rehab confidentiality is vital to the success of drug treatment. This means your personal information will not be shared with anyone else, including family members and friends, without your express permission or unless mandated by a judge. All drug rehabilitation facilities are required by law to protect patient privacy, so you can trust them when they say only specific people who need access to certain types of information about you may view it under limited circumstances. They’ll let you know what information about yourself must be reported if any at all because some reports are required for insurance reasons while many others aren’t necessary for legal matters but could help support your case! Call us at 833-820-2922.