The Senate last night approved by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a standing order issued by the EMS agency’s physician medical director. “If EMS practitioners cannot rely on standing orders to authorize administration of medications governed by the CSA, treatment may be delayed for patients in pain or experiencing other significant symptoms,” noted AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels in a January letter of support for the bipartisan bill, sponsored by Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). “We applaud your efforts to clarify the role of standing orders while protecting the continuity of existing EMS operations and oversight structures around the country. We also appreciate that the legislation continues to allow hospital-based EMS agencies to use their hospital’s Drug Enforcement Administration registration so that no new administrative burdens are placed on hospital-based EMS agencies.” The bill now goes back to the House, where it passed in January, due to minor technical changes approved by the Senate.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform, whose members include the AHA, today showcased its value-based payment model for addiction and recovery support…
Headline
The AHA is engaging in early primary states, including Nevada and South Carolina, with ads about affordability and rural health care to ensure issues…
Headline
The House Ways and Means Committee today favorably reported out, as amended, the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 5826), AHA-…
Headline
The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing today launched an ad campaign calling for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to “hold Big Pharma accountable…
Headline
The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a proposed rule intended to clarify the rights and obligations of faith-based organizations…
Headline
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has reached agreement with Senate Republicans on a bipartisan proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income uninsured…