By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier
Members of the Premier alliance commend Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for their leadership in introducing The Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act.
Most patients assume caregivers have an awareness of any addictions or prior substance use that may need to be factored into treatment and prescribing. But outdated regulations prevent providers from freely accessing that data, resulting in a game of Russian roulette with every prescription, often learning of problems only after an adverse event or an overdose.
This legislation will align the rules for substance use data with those in place for every other medical condition. It will help ensure patients to get the accurate diagnoses and effective treatment they deserve. We expect this law, if enacted, would have an immediate impact in the fight against opioid misuse, at virtually no cost to the taxpayer.
This is a commonsense, bipartisan-backed solution that will have a real impact on patient lives. Not only was it a solution recommended in the White House’s opioid commission’s interim report, it also has the backing of 35 national patient, provider, physician and addiction treatment organizations across the country. It’s time to bring substance use treatment into the 21st Century, and we urge swift passage of this important legislation.
-By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier