This bill — known as the POWER Act — would aim to prevent opioid overdoses by setting up procedures for emergency rooms to discharge overdose patients with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and Medication Assisted Treatment. The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would create a coordinated care model centered around starting Medication-Assisted Treatment in the emergency room before engaging in a “warm hand off” of the patient to a substance use disorder treatment provider. HHS would develop the model and administer $50 million grant program for healthcare providers to carry it out in 2019.
The bill’s full title is the Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act of 2018.