Retired U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who died this weekend, played a key role in 340B's creation and development.

With Retired Sen. Hatch’s Passing, a Legendary 340B Tale is Told

Retired U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a conservative Republican icon who helped create and shape the 340B drug pricing program, has died. He was 88.

Hatch personally was responsible for choosing one of the 340B program’s most important covered entity eligibility criteria—the requirement that disproportionate share (DSH) hospitals have a Medicare DSH adjustment percentage greater than 11.75% for the most recent cost reporting period that ended before the calendar quarter involved. Children’s hospitals and free-standing cancer hospitals, neither of which have a Medicare DSH adjustment percentage, must be able to show that, if they had one, it too would be above 11.75%. A hospital with a 11.75% DSH adjustment percentage translates into a little less than 30 percent of its inpatients are either Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries.

Retired U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a conservative Republican icon who helped create and shape the 340B drug pricing program, has died. He was 88.

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