House Passes Bills to Combat the Opioids Crisis

After months of work at the Committee level, Congress has finally started to take action on policies to address the ongoing opioids crisis. For the past two weeks, the House of Representatives has voted on over 45 pieces of legislation including a bill that would promote the testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers to use certified EHR technology and a HIMSS-supported provision promoting electronic prior authorization for covered Medicare Part D drugs, among others. The House is also expected to vote on the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This bipartisan legislation contains two additional HIMSS-supported provisions, including requiring e-prescribing for coverage of prescription drugs that are controlled substances under Medicare Part D and a provisions that would waive certain Medicare requirements for the treatment of substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorders via telehealth.

Upcoming Congressional Activity
House Appropriations Committee – Markup of the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill
Date: Tuesday June 26th
Time: 10 AM
Webcast

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee – Markup of the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill
Date: Tuesday June 26th
Time: TBD

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – Hearing  on the VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization: The Beginning of the Beginning
Date: Tuesday June 26th
Time: 10 AM
Webcast