Attorney General Yost Urges Congress to Change Federal Opioid Treatment Policies

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost earlier this week signed on to a letter from The National Association of Attorneys General urging congressional leaders to remove federal barriers to opioid use disorder treatment.

The Ohio Hospital Association and our member hospitals and health systems appreciate Yost’s support for this important effort to align 42 CFR Part 2 with the regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA.

Part 2 continues to be a major issue that prevents effective care coordination and population health management, specifically for alcohol and drug addicted patients. Part 2 limits the ability of certain providers to integrate their systems with other covered entities, thus leaving gaps in a patient’s medical record. Full alignment of the Part 2 regulation with HIPAA would eliminate the existing barriers to the sharing of patient information essential for care coordination. 

OHA fully supports federal legislation that would align Part 2 with HIPAA regulations to improve care coordination while continuing to protect the privacy and security of individuals’ health information.

For questions, contact Bryn Hunt.