ARIZONA NEWS

Data privacy law hurting opioid addicts, lawyer says

Aug 14, 2019, 4:45 AM

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)...

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PHOENIX — Perhaps a change in federal law could strike a blow against the opioid addiction crisis.

One law prohibits a patient’s treatment center and doctors to exchange the patient’s history of opioid abuse disorder.

“In order to remove these roadblocks, these barriers to treatment, we’re going to need an act of Congress,” said Melissa Soliz, an attorney with Coppersmith Brockelman Lawyers in Phoenix.

Soliz says a part of the Code of Federal Regulations — Title 42, Part 2 — was crafted in the 1970s to protect patients against discrimination.

That’s when she says addiction was treated as a personal failure, and not a health condition.

“And there were no such things as electronic health records, or integrated care for that matter,” Soliz said.

Soliz wants the regulation aligned with HIPAA’s more modern privacy protections.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) has introduced S. 1012: Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act. It has not been heard by a committee yet.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

People can be seen riding the escalators and standing in lines inside Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Har...

KTAR.com

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport gets $36 million federal grant for infrastructure upgrades

The infrastructure at Arizona’s largest airport is getting an upgrade thanks to a $36 million federal grant.

18 minutes ago

photo of Raad Almansoori...

KTAR.com

Suspect in Arizona stabbings linked to murder of woman in New York

A man suspected in two recent Valley stabbings has been linked to the murder of a woman in a New York City hotel room in early February.

1 hour ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: How does APS justify raising rates amid inflation?

Ted Geisler, president of Arizona Public Service (APS), joined Jim Sharpe on Arizona’s Morning News to discuss how the company decided on an 11% increase on customers amid current inflation.

2 hours ago

...

KTAR Video

Video: How APS plans to keep service going, workers prepare for future winter storms

Ted Geisler, president of Arizona Public Service (APS), joined Jim Sharpe on Arizona’s Morning News to discuss how the company decided on an 11% increase on customers amid current inflation, as well as discussed how workers have used this past winter storm to prepare for future weather impacts. Video: Jeremy Schnell and Felisa Cárdenas/KTAR News […]

2 hours ago

Amkor Technology to bring semiconductor facility to Peoria...

Serena O'Sullivan

Peoria City Council paves the way for new semiconductor packaging and test facility

Tempe-based Amkor Technology is set to launch an advanced semiconductor packaging and test facility in north Peoria, officials said.

4 hours ago

Sunnyslope campus...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona Humane Society closing Sunnyslope campus, new facility set to open in Phoenix

The Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope campus is in the process of being relocated to the Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park Campus.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

...

Canvas Annuity

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.

Data privacy law hurting opioid addicts, lawyer says