The American Hospital Association wants HHS to waive a requirement that it says is forcing hospitals out of the 340B program due to COVID-19-related changes in payer mix.

AHA Asks Becerra Again to Waive DSH Percentage Eligibility Requirement for 340B Hospitals During Pandemic

The American Hospital Association has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra again to waive a requirement that it says is forcing hospitals out of the 340B program due to COVID-19-related changes in payer mix.

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack asked Becerra in a March 2 letter  to pause during the COVID public health emergency hospitals’ need to maintain a given Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment percentage to stay eligible for 340B drug discounts. Disproportionate share (DSH), children’s, and free-standing cancer hospitals must have a Medicare DSH percentage greater than 11.75% to qualify for 340B pricing. Sole community hospitals and rural referral centers must have a DSH percentage equal to or greater than 8%.

The American Hospital Association has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra again to waive a requirement that it says is forcing hospitals out of the 340B program due to COVID-19-related changes in payer mix.

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