H.R. 1545 would require the VA to disclose information about any individual (veteran or non-veteran) who is prescribed medication by a VA employee or authorized non-VA provider, to a state-controlled substances monitoring program to prevent misuse and diversion of prescription medicines.
Under current law, then VA providers prescribe a controlled substance, the VA is required to disclose this information to the appropriate state-controlled substance monitoring program. However, an inability to differentiate between dependents and other non-veterans leads the VA to only submit information on veteran patients, which leaves out approximately 10% of patients who may receive prescriptions from the VA.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Nov 22, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)
VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to disclose information about an individual who is dispensed medication prescribed by a VA employee or by a non-VA provider authorized to prescribe such medication by the VA (currently, about a veteran or the dependent of a veteran) to a state controlled substance monitoring program to the extent necessary to prevent misuse and diversion of prescription medicines.