HHS urged a federal district court in Washington, D.C., late last week not to order it to expedite a legal brief in the lawsuit over deep Medicare payment cuts for hospitals' 340B-purchased drugs.

HHS Tells Judge Unwinding Medicare Payment Cuts for 340B Drugs Needs Caution, Not Haste

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) asked a federal district judge late last week not to make it rush its response to hospitals’ request for an immediate halt to a nearly 30% Medicare Part B payment cut in place since 2018 for hospitals’ 340B-purchased drugs. The judge agreed and gave HHS a deadline of tomorrow—nine days, not the seven that the hospitals originally wanted.

Hospital groups and individual health systems asked Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Aug. 3 to order HHS to respond to their motion by yesterday, August 10. The hospital plaintiffs also asked Contreras to rule quickly on whether to halt the cut immediately. 

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) asked a federal district judge late last week not to make it rush its response to hospitals’ request for an immediate halt to a nearly 30% Medicare Part B payment cut in place since 2018 for hospitals’ 340B-purchased drugs.

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