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H.R. 5558 (115th): Alternatives to Opioids Prescribing Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Apr 18, 2018.


Alternatives to Opioids Prescribing Act

This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to carry out a demonstration project to evaluate alternatives to the use of opioids to treat Medicare enrollees in hospital emergency departments. Under the project, the CMS must provide incentive payments to participating hospitals for decreasing the use of opioids and increasing the use of opioid alternatives.