The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has reconfirmed that it is auditing 340B covered entities for program compliance both remotely and in-person this fiscal year.
HRSA told 340B Report in mid-September that in October it would resume some onsite audits for the first time since the COVID-19 national emergency was declared in March 2020. HRSA updated its 340B COVID-19 Resources webpage earlier this month to reflect the resumption of in-person audits.
“HRSA will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the covered entities and provide updates accordingly,” the update says. “If a covered entity has specific questions regarding an audit once it has been engaged, please contact the Bizzell Group (the 340B audit contractor) at email@example.com who will coordinate with HRSA based on the specifics of the request.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the seven-day-average daily count of new COVID-19 cases is less than half of its peak so far this year, set in early September. But it began climbing again in late October.