Premier Statement on NGA Endorsement of Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act Last Updated: June 7, 2018
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-By Duanne Pearson, Premier Senior Director of Federal Affairs

Members of Premier applaud the National Governor’s Association for formally supporting the enactment of HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, as a vital measure to address the nation’s growing opioid addiction crisis.

HR 5795 will modernize an antiquated 1970s rule, and bring it into the modern era of HIPAA patient privacy protections. This legislation is essential to allow healthcare providers access to patients’ substance use data for the purposes of care coordination and proactive treatment of addiction disorders.

Without this law, caregivers must essentially fly blind when they provide treatment. With no knowledge about the patient’s substance use history, it’s all too common for providers to prescribe opioids to existing addicts, as well as drugs that may contraindicate with opioid use. Not only does this put patient lives in danger, it also stands in the way of talking with addicts about treatment options.

The status quo is failing patients struggling with opioid addiction, and cutting off a key pathway to recovery.  Passing HR 5795 is the only way to bring addiction out of the shadows and avoid having patients fall through the cracks.

-By Duanne Pearson, Premier Senior Director of Federal Affairs

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