This bill — known as the ALTO Act — would require the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out a demonstration program for hospitals and emergency rooms to develop alternative protocols for pain management that limit the use of opioids. The grant program would be funded with $10 million annually for fiscal years 2019 through 2021.
HHS would be required to evaluate the program in a report to Congress 120 days after the demonstration program ends that’d also include recommendations for broader implementation of pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in emergency rooms.
The bill’s full title is the Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department Act.