The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will conduct an interactive Web seminar on Jan. 18 to summarize findings to date on a study of whether HIPAA privacy protections for mental health information should be strengthened by broadening the definition of "psychotherapy notes" to include test data.

In particular, the agencies are considering whether HIPAA provisions on the use and disclosure of psychotherapy notes also could apply to test data "related to direct responses, scores, items, forms, protocols, manuals or other materials that are part of a mental health evaluation."

SAMHSA is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services and is working with the HHS Office for Civil Rights on the study, mandated under the HITECH Act. Among other activities, the agencies held a series of public hearings across the nation in 2010.

The two-hour Web seminar will start at Noon EST on Jan. 11 and will enabling the asking of questions. Pre-registration is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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