👍🏻 H.R. 5197 AKA the ALTO Act
I’d recommend passage of This bill H.R. 5197— AKA
ALTO Act — Which 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.
The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit to use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. The legislation would provide grant funding to build these programs. Following the completion of the program, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will submit a report to Congress on the results of the program and issue recommendations for broader implementation.
This commonsense, bipartisan bill would authorize a three year grant program to help hospitals & ERs develop procedures to limit the use of opioids, thereby reducing the number of people who become addicted.