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H.R. 5798 - Opioid Screening and Chronic Pain Management Alternatives for Seniors Act

Introduced: 2018-05-15
Bill Status: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 573.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5798


    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require a review of current opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and screening for opioid use disorder to be included in the Welcome to Medicare initial preventive physical examination.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 15, 2018

    Mr. Bucshon (for himself, Mrs. Dingell, and Mr. Paulsen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require a review of current opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and screening for opioid use disorder to be included in the Welcome to Medicare initial preventive physical examination.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Opioid Screening and Chronic Pain Management Alternatives for Seniors Act”.

SEC. 2. Requiring a review of current opioid prescriptions for chronic pain and screening for opioid use disorder to be included in the Welcome to Medicare initial preventive physical examination.

(a) In general.—Section 1861(ww) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(ww)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “and a review of current opioid prescriptions and screening for opioid use disorder (as defined in paragraph (4)),” before “but does not include”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(4)(A) For purposes of paragraph (1), the term ‘a review of current opioid prescriptions and screening for opioid use disorder’ means, with respect to an individual—

“(i) a review by a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner of all current prescriptions of the individual; and

“(ii) in the case of an individual determined by the review of a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner under subparagraph (A) to have a current prescription for opioids for chronic pain that has been prescribed for a minimum period of time (as specified by the Secretary)—

“(I) a review by the physician or practitioner of the potential risk factors to the individual for opioid use disorder;

“(II) an evaluation by the physician or practitioner of pain of the individual;

“(III) the provision of information regarding non-opioid treatment options for the treatment and management of any chronic pain of the individual; and

“(IV) if determined necessary by the physician or practitioner based on the results of the review and evaluation conducted as described in this paragraph, an appropriate referral by the physician or practitioner for additional treatment.

“(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘qualified non-physician practitioner’ means a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or certified clinical nurse specialist.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to initial preventive physical examinations furnished on or after January 1, 2020.


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