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CMS to Reduce 340B Drug Payments to Hospitals by $1.6 Billion

On November 13, CMS published the final rule revising the Medicare hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for 2018.  Among a number of changes, the final rule dramatically reduces Medicare Part B payments to hospitals for separately payable drugs purchased through the 340B Program.  Currently, Medicare pays hospitals the Average Sales Price (ASP) plus 6% for … Continue Reading

340B Drug Pricing Program: HRSA Reopens Comment Period for 2015 Proposed Rule

The Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a notice and reopening of comment period for their June 17, 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking, “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.”  In light of comments received, HHS is reopening the comment … Continue Reading

HRSA “Drops” its Latest 340B Omnibus Guidance – Don’t Stop Believin’ in Drug Discounts

On August 27, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) released its long-awaited proposed guidance for covered entities – a class of providers that includes qualifying hospitals and clinics – contract pharmacies and drug manufacturers that participate in the 340B Program, a federal drug pricing program that helps underserved communities get access to prescription medications. … Continue Reading

Update: 340B Mega Rule Halted

In a recent blog post, we urged providers to ready themselves for publication of the 340B mega rule. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), however, has halted publication of that rule indefinitely. HRSA made this decision a month after the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) launched a new lawsuit challenging HRSA’s  latest … Continue Reading

A Breakdown of Recent 340B Program Changes

In a recent article, Eugenia Pierson, a Principal in Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Health Care Practice, urged providers to prepare for HRSA’s promulgation of the 340B mega rule. In addition to safety net hospitals struggling with ACA implementation, tight state budgets, and delivery system reform, 340B issues and anticipated program changes promise to be … Continue Reading