With Delta Variant Persisting, Health Care Groups Struggle with Conference Planning

Many health care organizations are reconsidering plans for in-person conferences as a result of the Delta variant. The 340B Coalition is polling potential attendees regarding their preferences for the its winter conference in late January.

After an initial burst of optimism earlier this year, some health care organizations are having second thoughts about large in-person events for the remainder of 2021 and the start of the new year.

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340B Report Publisher and CEO Examines Four Burning Questions in Contract Pharmacy Standoff

In his latest column for Omnicell, 340B Report Publisher and CEO Ted Slafsky ponders four questions that need to be addressed in the contract pharmacy standoff.
In his latest column for Omnicell, 340B Report Publisher and CEO Ted Slafsky ponders four burning questions as we approach the first anniversary of drug manufacturers stopping or placing restrictions on 340B drug discounts in the contract pharmacy setting.
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AHA Wants Express Scripts to End 340B Claims ID Policy Immediately

The American Hospital Association asked Express Scripts this week to immediately withdraw its new 340B claims identification requirement for covered entities and their contract pharmacies.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) told pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESI) this week its new 340B claims identification requirement for covered entities and their contract pharmacies “is a major overreach” and should be withdrawn immediately.
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340B Hospitals Concerned About New UnitedHealthcare Claims Reimbursement Policy

Starting Aug. 1, for commercial reimbursement, UnitedHealthcare will stop covering evaluation and management claims at hospital-owned outpatient facilities if the claim does not include an additional medical surgical service on the same date of service by the same provider. | Shutterstock
The nation’s largest health insurer is instituting a commercial claims reimbursement policy that that is raising alarms among 340B hospitals.

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Sentry Data Systems Is the Latest 340B TPA to Change Hands

“Sentry looks forward to continuing to innovate and grow with its new partnership with Craneware," Sentry CEO Travis Leonardi said about his company's sale this week.
Healthcare data analytics company Craneware is buying 340B third-party administrator Sentry Data Systems, the latest in a series of 340B TPA acquisitions.

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Health Centers Launch a New National Advocacy Group

Kerry Hydash (left) is Board Chair and Amanda Pears Kelly is Executive Director of the new health center group Advocates for Community Health.
Community health center leaders have created a new membership organization—Advocates for Community Health (ACH)—to influence federal health care policy and “drive a new vision for the role health centers can and should play in an evolving 21st century health care
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Tech Firm Convening Working Group to Address 340B Duplicate Discounts

Susanne Somerville, CEO of life sciences information sharing consulting firm Chronicled, thinks blockchain technology could be the solution to 340B duplicate discounts.
A Bay Area health care tech firm is convening a work group to try to solve the problem of duplicate 340B discounts and Medicaid rebates on the same drugs.

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24 Health Systems List 8 Ways HHS Can Stabilize 340B Without Involving Congress

Ending the deep cut in 340B hospitals' Medicare drug reimbursement topped two dozen health systems' list of 340B recommendations for HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. | C-SPAN
Twenty four large health systems with hospitals in the 340B program yesterday sent U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra eight recommendations “to stabilize this program for the long-term” that he could implement without involving Congress.
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Express Scripts Defends 340B Claims ID Requirement

Express Scripts told 340B covered entities in recent letters that it has granted "numerous" extensions of time for pharmacies to comply with its new 340B claims identification process.
Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts (ESI) told a hospital group and an HIV/AIDS clinic in recent days that it has “already granted numerous pharmacies extensions” to its controversial new 340B claims identification requirement that went into effect March 1.
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340B Groups Ask Express Scripts to Drop Claims Submission and ID Requirement

The 340B Coalition told Express Scripts that covered entities cannot comply with its new 340B claims submission and identification requirement absent "a massive investment of financial and human resources." | Shutterstock
Groups representing 340B health care providers have asked pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESI) to stop making 340B providers and their contract pharmacies retrospectively submit and flag 340B claims in a way that has never been done before, and that
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