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S.2758

“Promoting Responsible Opioid Prescribing Act of 2016
or the PROP Act of 2016”

Introduced on 4-7-16 by Ron Johnson [R-WI], referred to the Finance Committee.  Cosponsored by Joe Manchin [D-WV], John Barrasso [R-WY], Richard Blumenthal [D-CT], Shelley Capito [R-WV], Edward Markey [D-MA], Pat Toomey [R-PA], Kelly Ayotte [R-NH], and Angus King I-ME]. A related Bill is H. R. 4499.

Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to exclude certain pain-related measures for purposes of calculating incentive payments under the value-based purchasing program. Specifically, VPB measures shall not include measures based on a patient’s assessment of: (1) the patient’s need for pain medicine during a hospital stay; (2) how often, during the stay, the patient’s pain was well controlled; or (3) how often, during the stay, hospital staff did everything they could to help manage the patient’s pain.

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