HRSA Posts Novartis Notice About 340B Refunds on a Top-Selling Drug—With Contract Pharmacy Strings Attached (Updated)

Novartis is putting conditions on refunds to 340B hospitals for overcharges on its second-best selling drug.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has posted drug manufacturer Novartis’ public notice to certain 340B hospitals that they might be eligible for refunds for overcharges on the company’s second-best selling drug—but only if the purchases comport with
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For 340B Hospitals, Some Consolation in Otherwise Disappointing CMS Drug Reimbursement Rule

CMS proposes extending "pass-through" status for 24 drugs and three biosimilars in 2022—a move that would temporarily shield the medicines from the deep payment cut for 340B hospitals.
Hospitals groups were deeply disappointed last week with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal to continue a nearly 30% cut in Medicare Part B reimbursement for hospitals’ 340B purchased drugs in place since 2018. Another provision
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Pedley Provides 340B Update but Avoids Contract Pharmacy Controversy

Due to litigation, 340B program director Rear Adm. Krista Pedley could say little about the drug discount program during yesterday’s 340B Coalition virtual summer conference.
Rear Adm. Krista Pedley, Director of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs, gave a brief update on the 340B program during yesterday’s 340B Coalition virtual summer conference. She explained that “due to current litigation
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340B Program Flexibilities to Continue As COVID-19 Emergency Extended

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra this week extended the COVID-19 public health emergency until mid-October.
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Monday extended the COVID-19 national public health emergency (PHE) for another 90 days, to Oct. 17. The move extends 340B program flexibilities implemented during the pandemic’s early days.
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With 340B Hospital Recertification Set to Begin Soon, HRSA To Host Webinar Aug. 11

Annual recertification of hospital eligibility for 340B drug discounts begins on Aug. 16.
The recertification period for hospitals to continue to participate in the 340B program begins in mid-August. The U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has scheduled an informational webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the
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Biden Administration’s Proposal to Retain 340B Hospital Drug Payment Cuts Draws More Fire

Groups whose members include 340B hospitals yesterday slammed CMS for proposing to continue deep drug payment cuts to 340B hospitals.
Several groups whose members or clients include 340B hospitals yesterday slammed the Biden administration’s decision to continue the Trump administration’s huge cut in Medicare Part B reimbursement for hospitals’ 340B purchased drugs. The American Hospital Association (AHA) has not, so
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One-Fourth of 340B DSH Hospitals at Risk of Losing Eligibility Due to Pandemic, Analysis Finds

Many hospitals reduced inpatient admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 340B hospitals now fear that this could cause them to lose their eligibility for 340B drug discounts due to changes in patient mix.
Roughly one out of four 340B disproportionate share (DSH) hospitals could lose their eligibility for 340B drug discounts due to COVID-19 pandemic-related changes in patient mix, an analysis of hospital Medicare cost reports for 2019 and 2020 shows. About one
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Providers Support, Eli Lilly Opposes, Rescinding Trump’s 340B Health Center Insulin Rule

Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly told HRSA is opposes rescinding a Trump-era rule requiring community health centers to pass along savings on insulin and injectable epinephrine to low-income patients.
340B trade associations and covered entities submitted public comments overwhelmingly supporting the Biden administration’s proposal to rescind a Trump-era rule requiring community health centers to pass along savings on insulin and injectable epinephrine to low-income patients. Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly,
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In Surprise Move, Biden Administration Proposes Keeping Trump’s Nearly 30% Cut in 340B Hospitals’ Drug Reimbursement

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said today it proposes to continue a nearly 30% reduction in Medicare Part B reimbursement for hospitals’ 340B-purchased drugs.

The Biden administration said today it proposes to continue a nearly 30% reduction in Medicare Part B reimbursement for hospitals’ 340B-purchased drugs.

The Trump administration implemented the payment reduction in January 2018. Hospital groups say it costs affected 340B hospitals

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