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Proposed Opioid Bill Ensures Patient Privacy While Helping MDs Make Rx Decisions Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:28

An estimated one-in-three Americans had a prescription for opioids in 2015 and that number continues to grow. With that growth has come a startling increase in the number of overdose deaths.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that overdose deaths hit a record 19.9 per 100,000 population in the third quarter of 2016, up from 16.7 for the same three months in 2015.

U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenaur (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would allow physicians to gain access to a patient's complete medical records - including their addiction treatment history - before making any prescribing decisions.

Dubbed the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act, H.R. 3545 would amend the 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2, known simply as "Part 2." that prevents doctors from reviewing their patients' histories of addiction treatment before prescribing opioids and other drugs.

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