Budd Co-Sponsored COACH Act Passes The House

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Washington, June 19, 2018 | comments
This crisis has wreaked havoc on communities and families, and it’s my hope that the Senate will take up the COACH Act so we can get it signed into law sooner rather than later.
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Washington D.C. -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) released the following statement after the Combating Opioid Abuse for Care in Hospitals Act (COACH) Act passes the full House:

“The opioid epidemic has affected people in my district, in North Carolina, and around the entire country. Over the past couple of weeks, the House has taken up different measures aimed at addressing this crisis. Today, a bipartisan bill that I led with Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), and Ann Kuster (D-NH) passed the full House.

“This legislation includes provisions that aim to ensure medical providers have reliable, evidence-based resources to encourage safer use of prescription opioids. It also provides more tools to mitigate some of the unnecessary prescribing that has contributed to the growing number of Americans who are victims of this epidemic.

“This crisis has wreaked havoc on communities and families, and it’s my hope that the Senate will take up the COACH Act so we can get it signed into law sooner rather than later.”

COACH Act Pillars:

  1. Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop an evidence-based best practices toolkit for hospitals to reduce opioid misuse.

  2. Creates a fast track process for National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsements of new opioid related performance measures and pathways for speedy adoption of these measures by CMS.

  3. Instructs HHS to convene a technical expert panel to make recommendations on best practices for pain management and reducing opioid use within hospital and other surgical settings.

  4. Directs the Secretary of HHS to make available on the CMS website opioid prescribing guidance applicable to individuals entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A or those enrolled in Part B.

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