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NAUH Comments on Proposed 340B Guidance

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has commented on proposed changes in the federal program that gives qualified safety-net hospitals discounts on prescription drugs they provide to low-income outpatients.

This summer, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published proposed guidance that seeks to refine aspects of the program’s operations and solicited stakeholder input on its proposals.

In its comment letter, NAUH addressed seven aspects of the proposed guidance:

  • Prescription Medication Spilling From an Open Medicine BottleThe exclusion of drugs prescribed for hospital patients upon discharge.
  • The exclusion of drugs prescribed by physicians who are not employed by or independent contractors of hospitals.
  • The exclusion of infusion drugs.
  • The qualification of drug purchases for 340B discounts on a prescription-by-prescription rather than a patient-by-patient basis
  • The requirement that eligible entities requalify annually to participate in the program.
  • The revised approach to qualification for the program based on hospital contracts with local government entities to serve low-income patients.
  • Record-keeping and Medicaid managed care.

See NAUH’s comment letter to HRSA here.

 

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