Bipartisan Resolution Introduced in the House Regarding Physician Education and Opioids

Policy and Medicine (02/06/2019) Sullivan, Thomas

Rep. David Roe (R-Tenn.) has proposed a bipartisan resolution to improve and expand training for future physicians on the proper treatment of pain and prescription of opioids. Among the measure's recommendations are medical schools' continued improvement and expansion of training in these areas, and residency programs' commitment to clarify appropriate opioid prescribing for each medical specialty. Roe's resolution also suggests that mid-level providers' education should be expanded to cover proper prescribing practices for opioids, while current practitioners should receive additional training in pain management and opioid prescribing habits via continuing education programs. Roe introduced the proposal as a concurrent resolution, which must be approved in the same form by both chambers; such resolutions are not submitted to the president once agreed to by both parts of the legislature. Co-sponsored by Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Ami Bera (D-Calif.), and Andy Harris (R-Md.), the resolution has been passed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for further review and discussion.

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