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H.R. 1545 (115th): VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017

The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2017 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

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.



1st Session

H. R. 1545



To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017.


Secretary of Veterans Affairs disclosure of patient information to State controlled substance monitoring programs

Section 5701(l) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—


by inserting (1) before Under;


by striking a veteran or the dependent of a veteran and inserting a covered individual; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


In this subsection, a covered individual is an individual who is dispensed medication prescribed by an employee of the Department or by a non-Department provider authorized to prescribe such medication by the Department.


Passed the House of Representatives May 23, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,