CHIME Applauds Introduction of Bills to Align Part 2 with HIPAA
ANN ARBOR, MI, April 3, 2019 – Below is a statement from CHIME CEO and President Russell Branzell on introduction of the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act:
It is essential that healthcare providers have a complete medical history with all relevant information that will help them treat patients. To ensure the highest quality of care, information pertaining to substance use disorder (SUD) history must be shared. Unfortunately, under current law, 42 CFR Part 2, SUD treatment and diagnoses are kept confidential from other providers, which can be extremely problematic when a clinician is attempting to treat someone but is unaware of their prior addiction history. Our members strongly support synchronizing these consent policies, which will save lives,reduce the burdens imposed by these two different sets of rules and facilitate consent for the purposes of treatment, payment and healthcare operations under HIPAA.
With the help of CHIME’s Opioid Task Force, we stand ready to work toward the passage of this important legislation that will help clinicians treat those patients struggling with addiction.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME