As if we did not already face enough of a challenge in understanding and applying the complex and often conflicting ethical, state and federal confidentiality rules, now comes the federal government with a new modification to 42CFR Part 2, followed by an invitation to a 90 minute introductory webinar.
I would prefer that medical providers devote that time to learning how to better diagnose and treat disease.
If you practice in the context of a large medical system with lots of administrators and lawyers, maybe you can rely on them, but if you practice privately, especially solo, this change might cost you dearly. Furthermore, the regulators may not have even considered how the changes might impact one who has closed their practice but remains responsible for medical record.
This like gratuitous change becomes yet another attack upon the independent practice model.