Outgoing HHS Secretary Alex Azar (left) and CMS Administrator Seema Verma touched on 340B in farewell remarks.| Source: C-SPAN

Azar and Verma Touch on 340B in Valedictory Remarks

Outgoing U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma both referred to 340B—obliquely in Azar’s case, directly in Verma’s—in recent farewell remarks.

In an interview with Modern Healthcare published Jan. 14, Verma cited CMS’s nearly 30 percent cut in Medicare Part B drug reimbursement for 340B hospitals as one of the most significant changes to Medicare during her tenure. She also described it as blow against monopoly power. The Trump administration never couched the policy in those terms before.

Outgoing U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma both referred to 340B—obliquely in Azar’s case, directly in Verma’s—in recent farewell remarks.

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