340B Hospitals’ Pharmacies and Child Sites Often Located in Richer, Less Diverse Areas, Study Finds
340B disproportionate share (DSH) hospitals’ contract pharmacies and child sites often are in richer and less diverse places where more residents have health insurance compared with the hospitals’ own locations, according to a new study.
Healthcare consulting firm Avalere Health issued the analysis on April 18. One of the study’s authors said yesterday that Avalere performed it on its own behalf, not for a client. Avalere has done prior analyses of the 340B program financed by the drug industy-funded group Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) and the Federation of American Hospitals, the trade group of for-profit hospitals. For-profit hospitals are not eligible for the 340B program.
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