UPDATE Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, 1:00 p.m. EDT—This story was updated to include new information from HRSA.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is letting eligible healthcare providers in Puerto Rico enroll in the 340B program immediately in light of yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency there. Must of the territory is without power and recovering from flooding after a hurricane hit the island last weekend.
HRSA announced the 340B enrollment flexibility for Puerto Rican covered entities yesterday. It means eligible entities may enroll in 340B immediately without waiting for the next regularly scheduled quarterly registration period. Q3 2022 registration starts Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 15.
HRSA said this afternoon: “Under the Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared due to Hurricane Fiona, HRSA will allow immediate 340B program registration for eligible covered entities in Puerto Rico to meet the needs of affected residents. Eligible entities in Puerto Rico may enroll in the program within the next quarterly registration period (Oct 1 – Oct 15, 2022) or until such time the PHE is lifted. If an entity in Puerto Rico would like to enroll, please contact the 340B Prime Vendor Program at 1-888-340-2787 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) or email@example.com. This information is reflected on the front page of the 340B website (near the bottom).”
Eligible entities in New Mexico and Kentucky also can enroll immediately in 340B due to ongoing public health emergencies in those states.