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H.R. 5774 (115th): Combating Opioid Abuse for Care in Hospitals Act of 2018

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5774 requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to: (1) publish guidance for hospitals on pain management and opioid-use disorder prevention strategies for Medicare beneficiaries, (2) convene a technical expert panel to recommend opioid and opioid-use disorder quality measures for possible use in value-based payment and reporting models under Medicare; and (3) publish and periodically update all guidance issued since January 1, 2016 related to the prescription of opioids for Medicare beneficiaries.

Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to: (1) convene a technical expert panel to recommend ways to reduce opioid use in surgical settings and best practices for pain management, specifically during the perioperative (pre-operative through post-operative) period; and (2) report on diagnosis-related group codes that have the highest volume of surgeries …

Sponsor and status

Carlos Curbelo

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 26th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 14 pages
May 11, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 24, 2018. (compare text)

9 Cosponsors (5 Republicans, 4 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

U.S. House Passes Buchanan Opioid Bill
    — Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 20, 2018

House Passes DelBene Bills to Address Opioid Crisis
    — Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 22, 2018

Cramer: house pushes for opioid reform
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Jun 20, 2018

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May 11, 2018

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May 16, 2018
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Jun 19, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jun 19, 2018
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H.R. 5774 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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