Draft Bill In US House Considers Use Of Devices For Pain Management
Discussion-draft legislation in the US House exploring ways to prevent opioid addictions calls for a report recommending ways to encourage use of medical devices to control pain in individuals covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee each passed bills this week to expedite approval pathways for non-opioid devices and drugs to control pain and prevent further addictions. Other opioid bills passed by the House subpanel seek to remove reimbursement challenges for opioid-alternative pain control devices.
A wide variety of devices that could either serve as pain-relief substitutes for opioids, help manage opioid addictions or tackle distribution issues with the overly prescribed medications are facing reimbursement challenges at the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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