U.S. House of Representatives Passes Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act
HR 6082, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act—formerly HR 5795, passed the U.S. House of Representatives 357 to 57. HR 6082 enables the appropriate sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records by aligning Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (42 CFR Part 2, or simply “Part 2”) which governs the sharing of SUD records, with HIPAA for purposes of treatment, payment and operations. The bill also includes criminal, civil and administrative protections for patients during legal proceedings and applies HIPAA penalties to the Part 2 program to ensure that patients can seek treatment without fear their information will be inappropriately shared. Changes to the Part 2 program as proposed by HR 6082 will help reduce stigma by treating addiction like all other illnesses, allow for care coordination and integration of treatment, and improve outcomes. HR 6082 will now head to the U.S. Senate where it awaits further review.