Robert Otto Valdez has been selected by President Biden for a key HHS policy position that impacts the 340B program.

Biden Picks Academic with Hospital Connections to Run HHS Policy Shop

President Biden announced last week that he plans to nominate public health expert Robert Otto Valdez to serve as U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

ASPE is the principal adviser to HHS on policy development. For instance, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s recent Comprehensive Plan for Addressing High Drug Prices that gave a shout out to the 340B program came from ASPE. ASPE’s past work for the Secretary’s office on Medicare Part B drug spending trends has addressed the share of payments made to 340B hospitals and the recent deep cut in Medicare Part B drug reimbursement to 340B hospitals.

President Biden announced last week that he plans to nominate public health expert Robert Otto Valdez to serve as U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

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