Upcoming Federal Elections Will Significantly Impact 340B Legislative Agenda, Say 340B Hospital Lobbyist, Drug Industry Analyst

Tom O’Donnell, senior vice president of government relations at 340B Health, and Michael McCaughan, co-founder of Provision Policy, gave a July 10 address at the 340B Coalition summer conference.
The upcoming U.S. presidential and congressional elections will significantly alter the direction of 340B and broader healthcare policy, a 340B [...]

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Matsui’s 340B PATIENTS Act Gains 5 Democratic Co-Sponsors Ahead of 340B Health Lobby Days

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Five congressional Democrats signed on as co-sponsors to a bill that would bar drugmaker restrictions on 340B contract pharmacy arrangements.
As hospital advocates prepared to begin their annual summer visits to Capitol Hill this week, five congressional Democrats signed on [...]

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Pharma-Linked Conservative Nonprofit Launches Ad Campaign to ‘Stop the Feeding Frenzy’ in 340B

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste has launched a new ad campaign that criticizes the 340B program.
An anti-government waste group with ties to the drug industry is urging lawmakers to “stop the feeding frenzy” in the [...]

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Drug Industry Takes Issue with IRA’s Drug Negotiation Guidance

PhRMA recently urged CMS to establish a neutral clearinghouse and require accurate use of 340B claim modifiers to address nonduplication in its final guidance for Medicare drug price negotiations under the IRA.
Editor’s Note: In Tuesday’s issue, we looked at comments from 340B provider stakeholders, today we look more closely at the [...]

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340B Providers Take Issue with CMS Draft Guidance on IRA Implementation Calling It “Problematic, Unworkable and Inconsistent”

340B provider groups strongly criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ draft guidance for Medicare drug price negotiations.
Editor’s Note: In today’s issue, we look at the 340B provider community’s comments to CMS. In a future issue, we [...]

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Hospitals in Texas and Other States Sue HHS Over DSH Calculation Changes That Impact 340B Eligibility

Dozens of hospitals in Texas and other states have filed suit against HHS to block a rule that they say lowers their disproportionate share hospital adjustment percentage and could result in a loss of 340B discounts.
Dozens of hospitals in Texas and other states have filed suits against Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary [...]

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New York Times Sues HRSA To Release 340B Data, Communications Between Office of Pharmacy Affairs and Apexus Leaders; Information Could Be Released Soon

The New York Times has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Health Resources and Services Administration to obtain an order requiring the production of 340B-related records requested in November 2023 under the Freedom of Information Act.
The New York Times has sued the federal agency tasked with overseeing the 340B program to force the release of [...]

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California Hospital Association Pans ASAP 340B-Endorsed Bill, Encourages Congress to Support 340B PATIENTS Act

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The California Hospital Association argued in a June 20 letter to the state’s congressional delegation that “core provisions” of the 340B Affording Care for Communities and Ensuring a Strong Safety-Net (340B ACCESS) Act “will reduce access to care for vulnerable populations.”
The California Hospital Association (CHA) is the latest organization to raise concerns about the 340B ACCESS Act, a bill recently [...]

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It’s Official: Long-Awaited Final 340B ADR Rule Takes Effect, But Findings Still Distant

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' final 340B Administrative Dispute Resolution rule formally took effect on June 18.
Fourteen years after the Congressional deadline, the long-anticipated revision to the 340B Administrative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process officially took effect [...]

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Senate Companion Bill Introduced to Expand 340B Eligibility to Certain Rural, Outpatient Hospitals

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced companion legislation to a House bill that would extend 340B eligibility to certain rural, emergency hospitals.
A U.S. senator introduced a bill to extend 340B eligibility to certain outpatient rural hospitals with emergency services, mirroring a [...]

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