The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday postponed the effective date of its final rule on the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records from February 17 to March 21.

For now, the effective date of the SAMHSA rule has been delayed because of a January 20 Office of Management and Budget memorandum that called on heads of executive departments and agencies to postpone for review for 60 days most regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but have not yet taken effect.

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