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Congress Passes Comprehensive Opioid Legislation

On Oct. 3, by a vote of 98-1, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 6, the “Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act,” bipartisan legislation aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic. The House approved the package on Sept. 28 by a vote of 398-8. The legislation reflects organized neurosurgery’s priorities, including:

· No opioid prescribing limits;

· Improved e-prescribing of opioids;

· Enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) interoperability; and

· Improved payment for opioid alternatives and surgical pain therapies, such as neuromodulation.

President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law.

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