Dear TN HIM Professional,
Over the next few days, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act on the House floor.
Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (often referred to as 42 CFR Part 2, or simply “Part 2”) regulates the sharing of substance use disorder (SUD) records. Protecting patients’ confidentiality is of the utmost importance but the outdated nature of Part 2 has created barriers for providing the best care possible to individuals with SUD, often leaving clinicians unaware of risks from multiple drug interactions and co-existing medical problems.
HR 5795 enables appropriate sharing of substance use disorder records by aligning Part 2 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
We need you to take action and urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor HR 5795 and vote yes when it comes to the House floor for a vote.
To contact your Representative, head to AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center and follow these four steps:
(1) Fill in your personal information and click submit so we can connect you with your U.S. Representative.
(2) Ask to speak to the Healthcare Legislative Assistant.
(3) Use the following talking points below–
Hello. My name is [NAME]. I’m from [CITY, STATE YOU LIVE IN.]
I am calling to ask the Congressman/Congresswoman to please cosponsor HR 5795, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, and vote yes on the bill in the upcoming floor vote.
HR 5795 will align the 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) regulation with HIPAA.
Aligning the Part 2 regulation with HIPAA will reduce stigma by treating addiction like all other illnesses, allow for care coordination and integration of treatment, and improve outcomes.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I hope the Congressman/Congresswoman can support HR 5795.
(4) Click “I’m Finished Making Calls” when you are done and don’t forget to provide feedback!
Your assistance is critical in getting HR 5795 passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives!
Thank you for everything you do for the HIM profession and AHIMA.
AHIMA Policy and Government Relations Team