September 27, 2018

American Hospital Association Announces New 340B Good Stewardship Principles

In the flurry of calls for increased transparency and clarification regarding the 340B Drug Discount Program, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and individual 340B hospitals have issued a set of stewardship principles. In a press release, Rick Pollack, President and CEO of the AHA, said these “340B stewardship principles will help hospitals better tell their […]

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September 19, 2018

Hospital Groups File Litigation Against HHS for Delay in Rulemaking

Several hospital groups recently sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This latest complaint asks the federal court to require HHS to issue rulemaking for 340B ceiling prices and accompanying penalties for manufacturers that fail to comply within 30 days of ruling. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit “collectively represent virtually every 340B […]

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September 13, 2018

Hospitals and Legislators Continue to Press Trump Administration Over 340B Program

Several hospital groups recently refiled a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for cuts to the 340B Drug Discount Program under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule for CY 2018. The litigation, led by the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals and the Association of American Medical Colleges, alleges that 340B payment reductions […]

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June 24, 2018

Recently Introduced Bill Seeks to Clarify Intent of 340B Program

In keeping with the ongoing Congressional attention on everything related to pharmaceuticals, another bill aimed at improving the integrity of the 340B program – Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act or H.R. 6071 – was recently introduced in the House. In her press release, Representative Matsui (D-CA), the bill’s primary sponsor, stated the […]

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May 25, 2018

Senate HELP Hearing on 340B Calls Attention to Oversight Issues

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently held a hearing entitled, “Examining Oversight Reports on the 340B Drug Pricing Program” to coincide with the release of findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding their efforts to improve oversight for the program. Most of the witness testimony focused on the lack […]

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April 26, 2018

New Bill Calls for Transparency under 340B

Rep. Carter (R-GA-1) introduced the 340B Optimization Act on April 24, 2018 to increase transparency and ultimately improve care for low income patients. What does the 340B Optimization Act require? The 340B Optimization Act would require certain disproportionate share hospital (DSH) covered entities to annually report on their low-income utilization rate of outpatient hospital services […]

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