Addiction Policy News

Part 2 Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Addiction Treatment

April 4, 2019
Download Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 Press Release

The Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 (Partnership), a coalition of nearly 50 health care organizations committed to aligning 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations (TPO), issued the above linked statement in response to the introduction of identical bipartisan bills in both the House and Senate. The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, “OPPS Act”, was introduced by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act, “Legacy Act”, was introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

In the press release, R. Corey Waller, MD, Chair of ASAM's Legislative Advocacy Committee, made the following statement:

“Today, patients suffering with addiction are often caught within a siloed system where – depending on where they receive care – doctors may lack critical patient information — creating life-threatening blind spots. As currently written, Part 2 – which applies only to substance use disorder treatment in select healthcare settings – endangers the very lives it intends to protect. ASAM applauds the introduction of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act and the efforts of Congressional leaders to bring Part 2 into the 21st Century. Allowing patient information related to substance use disorder to be safely integrated into the rest of the health care system will save lives.”

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