By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
The Premier healthcare alliance commends 39 State Attorney Generals for identifying and calling for the removal of the federal barriers that are standing in the way of the healthcare community’s ability to safely and effectively coordinate care for patients experiencing substance use disorders. We wholeheartedly agree that aligning the decades-old substance use privacy confidentiality regulations (42 CFR Part 2) with the robust protections in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is one of the most powerful steps that Congress can take to turn the tide on the opioids epidemic.
We continue to call on Congress to swiftly pass the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 2062) and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S. 1012), so that physicians, nurses, and other authorized healthcare providers have access to life-saving information on their patients’ substance use history.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 175,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.