NEW LOBBYING PUSH FOR ANOTHER OPIOID ALTERNATIVE

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The Trump administration is currently reviewing a 2020 payment rule for Medicare outpatient services and companies that manufacture devices for a procedure that is an alternative for opioids are lobbying to persuade Medicare to create a new payment model.

Lobbyists with Smiths Medical and InfuSystems have been pushing federal officials for a new, separate medical code for “continuous peripheral nerve block”.

Why this matters: CPNB is where patients receive pain medication after a surgery through a catheter and infusion pump instead of taking painkiller pills. Smiths Medical and InfuSystems are makers of the relevant products.

What’s next?: All eyes are on July. That is when the rule typicall comes out. We’ll see if the lobbying efforts have paid off.