By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier
Premier applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 6082), and commends the leadership of Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Greg Walden (R-OR) for shepherding through this important legislation.
Healthcare providers are currently barred from accessing patient records on substance use without going through a complex, layered patient consent process due to an outdated regulation that blocks access to information that is vital to safe, effective care. This vote paves the way to modernize a 40-year old law that has impeded healthcare providers’ ability to diagnose, treat and prevent addiction and other opioid-related disorders. This critical information will arm healthcare providers with the information they need to help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic that is costing the lives of 116 Americans every day and adding $504 billion in economic costs.
We now call upon the Senate to adopt this legislation during the House-Senate conference committee and for Congress to act quickly on final passage.