Physical, behavioral conditions are linked, but records are not The aims of the federal government and commercial insurers to make providers accountable for health outcomes add financial consequence to statistics showing that behavioral health problems complicate medical health, and that people with cooccurring physical and mental conditions are the most expensive to treat and constitute an outsize share of healthcare costs. Experts in both fields agree that while this is technically achievable, it won't happen without determined effort on four fronts: * Clarification of federal and state confidentiality regulations that govern the protection and disclosure of a range of sensitive health information, such as Individual alcohol and drug abuse treatment records. * Management ofi those protections within electronic health records EHRsJ and health Information exchanges (HlEs) using common, software-based algorithms. * Technological ability to exchange Information frara separate TT systems. * AffordaMllty of healm information systems in the behavioral health sector.
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