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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

Don’t Slash Medicare Drug Payments, NAUH Asks CMS

The federal government should withdraw its proposal to drastically reduce Medicare payments for prescription drugs covered by the section 340B prescription drug discount program, NAUH has told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS has proposed a 28 percent cut in those payments beginning in 2018. According to NAUH, the savings hospitals enjoy from 340B discounts enable them to expand the scope of the services they offer to their low-income patients and engage in additional community outreach.  This was the very reason Congress created the program, NAUH told CMS, and reducing 340B payments now would reduce those savings, undermine [&hellip

NAUH Urges CMS to Reconsider Proposed Outpatient Payment Changes

The federal government should not cut in half payments to physicians who care for their Medicare patients in off-campus, provider-based outpatient facilities. It also should reconsider the circumstances under which hospitals can move their off-campus, provider-based hospital outpatient departments, or expand the services those departments offer, without losing their provider-based hospital outpatient department status. These were among the comments NAUH offered to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to CMS’s proposed Medicare physician payment fee schedule for 2018. See NAUH’s entire letter to CMS about the proposed outpatient physician fee regulation here

Leave 340B Alone, CMS Advisory Group Says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should not significantly reduce Medicare payments for some prescription drugs. Or so says one of CMS’s own advisory panels. The agency’s Advisory Panel on Outpatient Prospective Payment reached this conclusion after listening to testimony from hospital industry stakeholders who told of the savings the federal government’s 340B prescription drug discount program produces and how those savings enable hospitals in low-income areas to help low-income patients who would not otherwise be able to afford their drugs and help improve access to care for low-income patients with very limited health care options. The panel’s recommendation [&hellip

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