Tell Your US Representative to Co-sponsor and Support the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act!
Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (often referred to 42 CFR Part 2, or simply as “Part 2”) regulates the sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records. It limits the use and disclosure of such records unless a patient provides written consent.
Protecting patients’ confidentiality is of the utmost importance. But because of the complicated ripple effect on a patient’s health that must be carefully managed and coordinated, Part 2 poses a serious safety threat to patients with SUD, often leaving clinicians unaware of risks from multiple drug interactions and co-existing medical problems.
HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, enables appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning Part 2 with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment, and operations. The bill also includes criminal, civil, and administrative protections for patients during legal proceedings and applies HIPAA penalties to the Part 2 program to ensure that patients can seek treatment without fear their information will be inappropriately shared.
HR 5795 will be considered on the House floor in the coming days, along with other opioid-related bills.
Call your US Representative to ask him or her to co-sponsor HR 5795 and vote yes when it comes to the House floor for a vote. AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center has everything you need to take action.