CMS Says Steps to End Medicare Drug Payment Cut for 340B Hospitals Are in Progress

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CMS says it is making computer file changes to restore hospitals’ Part B payments for 340B-purchased drugs to average sales price plus 6% for the rest of 2022 after paying them almost 30% less since 2018.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making computer file changes to restore hospitals’ Part B payments for 340B-purchased drugs to average sales price plus 6% for the rest of 2022 after paying them almost 30%

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340B COVID-19 Flexibilities Will Continue Through Mid-January

COVID-19, 340B
HHS extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) to mid-January, which keeps in place 340B program flexibilities that started in March 2020.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) late last week extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) to mid-January, giving some 340B-eligible entities more time for immediate enrollment in the program without having to wait for

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HRSA Tells AbbVie and Amgen Their 340B Contract Pharmacy Restrictions Are Illegal

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HRSA sent AbbVie and Amgen letters yesterday telling the companies their restrictions on 340B pricing when providers use contract pharmacies are illegal and must stop or the companies could face stiff civil monetary penalties.

Federal health officials told drug manufacturers AbbVie and Amgen late yesterday their restrictions on 340B pricing when providers use contract pharmacies are illegal and must end or the companies could be fined.

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Effort Launched to Create 340C—a Separate Drug Discount Program for Health Centers and Possibly Other Entities

340C, Advocates for Community Health
National health center group Advocates for Community Health is urging Congress to create a new federal drug discount program named 340C open to health centers, rural hospitals, and federal grantees.

A national community health center association founded last year is launching a campaign to urge Congress to create a separate drug discount program called 340C open to health centers and perhaps rural hospitals and federal grantees.

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With Elections Nearing, Biden Is Ordering HHS to do More to Drive Drug Costs Down

Joe Biden
President Biden will sign an executive order today directing HHS to submit a plan in 90 days "to lower drug costs and promote access to innovative drug therapies for Medicare beneficiaries."

President Biden will sign an executive order today directing the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) “to consider additional actions to further drive down prescription drug costs,” the White House said this morning.

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New York Times Investigative Story Aftermath: Leading Local Paper Dives into 340B, Emphasizing its Importance for Community Health Centers

Richmond Times Dispatch, Bon Secours Mercy Richmond Community Hospital
A Richmond, Va., newspaper ran an Oct. 1 deep dive into 340B's value to health centers in the wake of alleged 340B program misuse by a local health system that has drawn national attention.

In the wake of a recent New York Times investigation into alleged misuse of 340B savings by Catholic health system Bon Secours Mercy in Richmond, Va., a local Richmond newspaper has published a comprehensive look at the purpose

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HRSA Allows Immediate 340B Enrollment in Florida, South Carolina Due to Hurricane

Hurricane Ian
A satellite image of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28 on its approach to Florida as a Category 4 storm.

HRSA has granted Florida and South Carolina 340B program enrollment flexibility, as public health emergencies (PHEs) were declared in both states in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which left widespread destruction, flooding, and power outages over a 48-hour

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Groups Representing 340B Hospitals Praise Federal Court Decision Halting Deep Medicare Part B Cuts

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia building
The federal district court in Washington, D.C. has ordered the government to immediately begin to pay 340B hospitals at full rates for Medicare Part B covered drugs.

In a big victory for 340B hospitals, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled yesterday that the government must immediately begin to pay 340B hospitals the full Medicare Part B drug payment rate for the remainder of calendar year (CY)

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Fallout from New York Times’s 340B Investigative Piece Continues as Local Media, Policymakers, and Community Weighs In

A New York Times investigative story on the 340B program continues to garner attention both locally and nationally.

Shockwaves from the New York Times’ investigative piece on the alleged misuse of 340B savings by a Catholic health system in Richmond, Virginia continues to spread, as local news outlets and government leaders from all levels respond.

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