Washington (September 17, 2018) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) made the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.
“Expanding access to evidence-based treatment presents the greatest opportunity for impact on the opioids crisis. We are encouraged that the Senate bill takes steps to broaden access to treatment options and recovery programs,” said Dr. Connie Hwang, chief medical officer of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. “Raising the patient limit will allow qualified clinicians to rapidly prescribe medication-assisted treatment to an increased number of patients in need.”
ACHP, in working with clinical leaders at its nonprofit, community health plans, has prioritized the availability of MAT as a proven strategy in alleviating the opioids epidemic, Hwang said.
“Expanding the types of qualified providers who can prescribe buprenorphine and administer treatment would go even further to ensure more people have the opportunity for long-term recovery. And lifting onerous, even dangerous, restrictions on sharing vital patient information can improve substance use disorder care coordination,” she said.
“We look forward to working with both chambers of Congress to bring much-needed flexibility to privacy restrictions so that more clinicians can share important patient information in a timely, secure fashion.”
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 21 million Americans across 32 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to www.achp.org and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.