CBO Raises Changing 340B Patient Definition to Ease Pressure on Commercial Insurers

Congressional Budget Office
Changing the 340B patient definition “might reduce hospitals’ and physicians’ incentives to consolidate,” the CBO says in a new analysis.

Changing the 340B patient definition “might reduce hospitals’ and physicians’ incentives to consolidate,” but to what extent “remains highly uncertain,” the Congressional Budget Office says in a new policy analysis.

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UCB Files 340B Contract Pharmacy Suit Against HHS, the Ninth Company to Do So

UCB
Belgian drug maker UCB is the ninth drug company to sue the federal government over 340B contract pharmacy requirements.

Drug manufacturer UCB has sued in federal court to overturn federal health officials’ finding that the Belgian company’s restrictions on 340B pricing when covered entities use contract pharmacies are illegal and must stop or the company could face

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U.S. Appeals Court Tentatively Set to Hear Three 340B Contract Pharmacy Cases on Nov. 15

U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia is currently set to hear arguments in a trio of key 340B contract pharmacy cases on Nov. 15.

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has tentatively scheduled oral arguments in three key 340B contract pharmacy lawsuits for Nov. 15.

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PhRMA, BIO, and Others Unleash a Torrent of 340B Hospital Criticism

Headline from recent blog post by PhRMA spokesperson Nicole Longo.

340B disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) in 2020 spent 2.2 times more on outpatient drugs per commercially insured patient than non-340B DSH hospitals and 2.6 times more than other types of 340B hospitals, a new drug industry-funded study shows.

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Feds Tell Court They Oppose Health Center’s Effort to Sink 340B Patient Definition

Genesis Health Care, FQHC
Lawyers for HHS and HRSA told a federal district court yesterday the agencies oppose a health center’s efforts to have the longstanding 340B program definition of patient declared illegal.

Lawyers for federal healthcare officials told a federal district court yesterday that the government opposes a South Carolina health center’s efforts to have the longstanding 340B program definition of patient declared illegal.

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340B Report Exclusive: GAO Is Asking Hospitals if They Share 340B Savings with Low-Income Uninsured Patients at Contract Pharmacies

GAO
The GAO is asking 340B hospitals that applied to get their eligibility restored if they give low-income uninsured patients a break on drug prices at their contract and in-house pharmacies.

A federal watchdog agency wants to know if 340B hospitals give low-income uninsured patients a break on drug prices at their contract and in-house pharmacies as part of the agency’s evaluation of a law that helps some hospitals

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HRSA Grants 340B Enrollment Flexibility in Puerto Rico Due to Hurricane

Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona, Pedro Pierluisi
Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi (D) (second from right), FEMA officials, and local residents assessed damage yesterday from Hurricane Fiona.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is letting eligible healthcare providers in Puerto Rico enroll in the 340B program immediately in light of Hurricane Fiona.

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Feds Tell Judge They Accept that Part B Drug Payment Cuts in 2020-22 Were Unlawful

HHS
Federal lawyers told a judge that they do not oppose declaring unlawful Part B drug payments cuts for 340B hospital from 2020-2022.

Federal lawyers last week agreed with national groups that represent 340B hospitals that the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to declare illegal Medicare Part B payment cuts in 2018 and 2019 for hospitals’ 340B-purchased drugs “effectively resolves” the

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