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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Hospitals Urge CMS To Abandon Medicare Part B Cuts While PhRMA Presses For More Action

Hospital trade groups have lodged strong objections to CMS's proposal to maintain deep Medicare Part B reimbursement cuts, while PhRMA is suggesting even further 340B reforms.

Hospital trade groups are lodging strong objections to maintaining steep cuts in Medicare Part B reimbursement as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 final rule for the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), while the trade group for brand name

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340B Hospitals Provide Almost $68 Billion Annually in Community Benefits, AHA Says

340B hospitals provided $67.9 billion in total community benefits in 2018, AHA reported yesterday.

Hospitals participating in the 340B program provided $67.9 billion in total benefits to their communities in 2018, the American Hospital Association (AHA) reported yesterday.

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With COVID-19 Surging Again, Hospital and Pharmacist Groups Back Employee Vaccine Mandates

Groups whose members include 340B hospitals have thrown their support behind mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for hospital and health system personnel.
Groups whose members include 340B hospitals have thrown their support behind mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for hospital and health system personnel.

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340B Contract Pharmacy Litigation Could Drag on for Years, Hospital Group Leader Says

It could take federal courts years to ultimately resolve drug manufacturers’ 340B contract pharmacy lawsuits, 340B Health President and CEO Maureen Testoni said yesterday.
It could take federal courts years to ultimately resolve drug manufacturers’ lawsuits over whether they must charge lower prices when 340B covered entities use contract pharmacies, a hospital association leader said yesterday during her remarks opening the 340B Coalition’s virtual
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340B DSH Hospitals More Likely To Treat Black, Disabled, and Low-Income Patients With Chronic Conditions, Study Indicates

A new hospital-funded study found that 340B disproportionate share (DSH) hospital outpatient departments are more likely than other hospital outpatient departments and independent physician offices to treat Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions who are Black, disabled, or who have low incomes. | Shutterstock
340B disproportionate share (DSH) hospital outpatient departments are more likely than other hospital outpatient departments and independent physician offices to treat Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions who are Black, disabled, or who have low incomes, a new 340B hospital-funded study
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HHS Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Reject 340B Hospital Request to Hear Medicare Part B Case

HHS has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decline taking up 340B hospital suit on Medicare Part B reimbursement.
While 340B hospitals eagerly await to see the Biden administration’s plans for Medicare Part B reimbursement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last night asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an effort by hospital groups to
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Hospital Groups Ask HHS to Start Fining Pharma Over 340B Pricing Denials

Hospital groups want HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to impose civil fines on six drug companies for refusing to offer 340B discounts on drugs dispensed by contract pharmacies. | Gage Skidmore
Six hospital groups asked U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra on Tuesday to state “immediately and definitively” that six drug manufacturers’ refusals to offer 340B discounts on drugs dispensed by contract pharmacies are illegal.
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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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