Opioid Crisis and Access to Treatment Records

Recently introducing the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are hoping the bill will assist in the battle against the opioid crisis in our country. The legislation will align federal regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 2) governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Final approval of this bill will ensure patients with substance use disorders (SUD) receive the integrated care they need.

Currently, doctors are prescribing opioids without knowledge of their patient’s past addiction treatment history. The legislation will create leniency in 42 CFR Part 2 standards and allow access to this vital part of the patient’s medical record. With this knowledge, medical care providers can help prevent relapses, potentially harmful drug – to drug interaction, and even overdose deaths.

With patient consent, (42 CFR part 2 requires much higher and separate levels of patient consent to allow access to med record information regarding SUD treatment), it will provide the full knowledge needed for physicians and other medical professionals to determine the appropriate integrated care needed.

ProComp will continue to follow this legislation around the opioid crisis and access to treatment records