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House Committee Looks at 340B

Are hospitals using the savings generated by their participation in the section 340B prescription drug discount program to help their low-income and uninsured patients? That’s what the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee is asking. Earlier this year the committee requested such information from the Health Services and Resources Administration, which runs the 340B program, and now it’s asking hospitals as well. Specifically, the subcommittee sent five-page letters to 19 providers that participate in the 340B program asking them about: the quantity of 340B-purchased drugs they dispense to Medicare beneficiaries, Medicaid beneficiaries, and those with private insurance the quantity [&hellip

MACPAC Meets

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission met recently in Washington, D.C. Among the issues MACPAC commissioners discussed during their two-day meeting were: delivery system reform incentive payment programs Medicaid enrollment and renewal processes managed care oversight monitoring and evaluating section 11115 demonstration waivers Medicaid coverage of telemedicine services MACPAC advises the administration, Congress, and the states on Medicaid and CHIP issues.  It is a non-partisan agency of the legislative branch of government. Go here to find background information on these and other subjects as well as links to the presentations that MACPAC staff made to the commissioners during [&hellip

NAUH Urges House to Delay Medicaid DSH Cuts

The House of Representatives should delay the proposed implementation of major cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments to the states. The reduction of Medicaid DSH allotments, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, has already been delayed twice by Congress, and now, a bipartisan letter is being circulated among House members asking House Speaker Paul Ryan and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to move legislation to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts again for another two years. In its message, NAUH has asked House members to sign onto the letter, which is being circulated by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), John [&hellip

NAUH Urges Congress to Support Withdrawal of 340B Regulation

Ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to withdraw its proposed regulation to reduce Medicare payments for prescription drugs covered by the section 340B prescription drug discount program. That’s the message in a bipartisan letter being circulated among members of Congress, to be sent to CMS administrator Seema Verma, and last week the National Association of Urban Hospitals wrote to every member of the House of Representatives asking them to sign that letter before it is sent to CMS. The 340B program provides discounts on prescription drugs to safety-net hospitals and other selected safety-net providers that serve especially large [&hellip

NAUH Urges Medicare to Withdraw 340B Proposal

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to withdraw its proposal to significantly reduce Medicare payments for prescription drugs to hospitals that qualify for the federal section 340B prescription drug discount program.  The plan, part of Medicare’s proposed outpatient prospective payment system for outpatient services for 2018, would reduce 340B payments to qualified hospitals approximately 28 percent.  In its formal comment letter to CMS, NAUH argues that the 340B program is appropriately serving the purpose for which it was created – putting additional resources in the hands of hospitals that serve especially [&hellip

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