The confidentiality of alcohol and drug dependence patient records maintained by Alpha Healing Center are protected by federal and state law and regulations. Generally, the program may not say to a person outside the program that a patient attends the practice/program, or disclose any information identifying a patient as being alcohol or drug dependent unless:
- The patient consents in writing
- The disclosure is allowed by a court order
- The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or practice/program evaluation.
- The disclosure is made to the insurance provider for reimbursement purposes
Violation of the federal law and regulations by a practice/program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.
Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the practice/program or against any person who works for the practice/program or about any threat to commit such a crime. Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to appropriate state or local authorities.