12 May Task Force Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Opioid Legislation
The Task Force urges Congress to include in pending opioid legislation the opportunity for health care providers and payers to access substance use disorder date from Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP data files to inform their treatment plans. With the growing level of addiction being experienced across the country, the current privacy protections may actually lead to harmful outcomes due to the lack of information available to care givers responsible for managing patient care. Having this information helps health care providers identify high risk patients and intervene before an acute episode occurs.
Letter submitted on May 6, 2016