Bill Name : Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act
Bill Number: H.R. 2062
The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act is a bill which aims at putting patient safety to a robust level.
Its primary goal is protecting patients’ confidentiality and their medical records. It thus intends to amend the Public Health Service Act in order to achieve its goal.
It was introduced to Congress on 3rd April, 2019. It is sponsored by Earl Blumenauer, Oregon’s third congressional district representative.
Impact on professional nursing standards
The bill, like any other, has certain merits and demerits in areas it affects.
Some of the benefits include strengthening accountability and health insurance for the purposes of payment, treatment and other health care operations.
It furthermore eases the restrictions on the sharing of patients’ health records with addictions. This intends to ensure safety of the patient since inappropriately sharing their health records would detriment their healthcare safety.