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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2901


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 22, 2018

Mr. Thune (for himself, Mr. Warner, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Wicker, and Mrs. Hyde-Smith) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Expanding Telehealth Response to Ensure Addiction Treatment Act” or the “eTREAT Act”.

SEC. 2. Expanding the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.

Section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (4)(C)(i), by striking “paragraph (6)” and inserting “paragraphs (6) and (7)”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(7) TREATMENT OF SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER SERVICES FURNISHED THROUGH TELEHEALTH.—

“(A) NON-APPLICATION OF ORIGINATING SITE REQUIREMENTS.—The requirements described in paragraph (4)(C) shall not apply with respect to telehealth services furnished on or after January 1, 2019, for purposes of treatment of substance use disorder, as determined by the Secretary.

“(B) NO ORIGINATING SITE FACILITY FEE FOR NEW SITES.—No facility fee shall be paid under paragraph (2)(B) to an originating site with respect to a telehealth service described in subparagraph (A) if the originating site does not otherwise meet the requirements for an originating site under paragraph (4)(C).

“(C) REPORT.—Not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the impact of this paragraph with respect to telehealth services on—

“(i) the utilization of health care items and services related to substance use disorders, including emergency department visits; and

“(ii) health outcomes related to substance use disorders, such as opioid overdose deaths.”.


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