Hospitals, MHA Work with Congressional Delegation to Confront Opioid Misuse
Posted on May 11, 2018
MHA members made visits to Capitol Hill as part of the May 6-9 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.
Several committees in Congress are working on legislation to address the opioid crisis. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) and Debbie Dingell (D-Trenton) serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which reported out 25 bills May 9 to enhance enforcement efforts against the illegal use and prescribing of opioids, strengthen prevention and public health efforts, and address Medicare coverage and payment issues related to opioids.
The committee also held a hearing on the issue of 42 CFR Part 2, one of the topics the MHA and members addressed during their congressional visits. This section of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits sharing information about patient substance use disorder treatment information with other clinicians. Without this information, caregivers may inappropriately prescribe opioids to patients with a history of substance abuse. The MHA joined the AHA in calling for amendments to 42 CFR Part 2 to allow this part of a patient’s medical history to be treated like all other medical information and to be shared in the medical record with all treating clinicians.
For more information about MHA federal activity, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.
Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Top Issues - Healthcare