TER (40 FR 20522) a notice of proposed joint rulemaking setting forth a proposed new Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records. Interested persons mere invited to submit written comments, views, or arguments with respect to the proposed regulations within 30 days of the date of publication of that notice. All comments so submitted were carefully considered, and at various stages in the rulemaking process, the Administrator of Veterans ’ Affairs and the heads of other Federal departments and agencies substantially affected by the proposed regulations were consulted. As finally adopted and set forth hereinafter, the regulations contain two major substantive changes from the May 9 proposal. The separate treatment of funding sources and third-party payers (§ § 2.21 and 2.37 of the proposed regula-tions) was abandoned as unworkable, primarily because the prohibitions which the proposed regulations would have placed on funding sources would have directly conflicted with requirements which have been proposed in implementatio
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