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H.R. 5777 (115th): COG Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of May 11, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5777

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 11, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Lamb) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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 direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website opioid prescribing guidance applicable to individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program and update such guidance periodically.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Centralized Opioid Guidance Act of 2018 or the COG Act of 2018.

2.

Requiring the posting and annual updating of opioid prescribing guidance for Medicare beneficiaries

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the Secretary) shall post on the public website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services all guidance published by the Department of Health and Human Services on or after January 1, 2016, relating to the prescribing of opioids and applicable to opioid prescriptions for individuals entitled to benefits under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395c et seq.) or enrolled under part B of such title of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395j et seq.).

(b)

Update of guidance

(1)

Periodic update

The Secretary shall, in consultation with the entities specified in paragraph (2), periodically (as determined appropriate by the Secretary) update guidance described in subsection (a) and revise the posting of such guidance on the website described in such subsection.

(2)

Consultation

The entities specified in this paragraph are the following:

(A)

Medical professional organizations.

(B)

Providers and suppliers of services (as such terms are defined in section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x)).

(C)

Health care consumers or groups representing such consumers.

(D)

Other entities determined appropriate by the Secretary.