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Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

By AHA STAT Staff
August 24, 2017

The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment responded to concerns raised by the AHA and hospital witnesses by calling on the agency to shelve a proposal that would drastically reduce funding for the 340B program in 2018.

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Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Hospitals, not pharmaceutical manufacturers, are preserving and protecting the safety net

By Tom Nickels
May 17, 2016

A group financed by the pharmaceutical industry is hosting a meeting today on the 340B Drug Pricing Program with the goal of “Preserving the True Safety Net.” But what the meeting really will be about is the pharmaceutical industry – with their skyrocketing prescription drug prices and huge profits – discussing how they can continue to disparage a program with a 25-year history of increasing access to medications and health care services for people in vulnerable communities.

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Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Community benefit, access, drug prices

Changing 340B is the wrong prescription for addressing skyrocketing pharmaceutical costs

By Tom Nickels
March 8, 2016

The rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs is causing significant financial challenges for patients and their care providers.

Many groups, including the AHA, are evaluating options for addressing this important issue. However, one recent proposal, which is seriously misguided, would reduce a program with a 25-year history of increasing access to medications and health care services for people in vulnerable communities in order to add to record profits of drug... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

Protect Patients. Preserve 340B.

By AHA STAT Staff
November 19, 2015

More than 20 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to allow eligible hospitals and health systems to stretch limited resources and expand access to care for vulnerable patients. But despite a proven track record of increasing patient access to vital medical services and decreasing government spending, some want changes that would weaken the program.   

340B hospitals continue to help care for low-income and uninsured patients. That is why the AHA sponsored... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, price, drug prices

340B Proposals Would Jeopardize Hospitals' Ability to Serve Vulnerable Patients

By Tom Nickels
October 27, 2015

The 340B Drug Pricing Program has a strong track record of helping to combat high prescription drug prices and increase access to vital medicines and comprehensive health care services for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals.

However, we are concerned that recent policy changes proposed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal agency responsible for administering the 340B program, would jeopardize eligible hospitals’ ability to care for... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, drug prices

A Little Good, a Little Bad

By Rich Umbdenstock
July 10, 2015

The news often brings some good and some bad; sometimes a step forward and a step back. This week’s good news is the proposed change that would allow payment for advanced care planning visits with clinicians, encouraging dialogs that will help patients determine how they want care provided in serious situations, including at the end of life. The response has been very positive – not a “death panel” scream to be heard! The bad news is the continuing rapid rise in the cost of... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, financial assistance, price

GAO Report Misses Mark on 340B Program

By Tom Nickels
July 7, 2015

A July 6 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examining Medicare Part B spending at hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program draws unsubstantiated conclusions about a program that has a proven track record of improving access to care for poor patients and vulnerable communities. Simply put, the GAO report misses the mark.

The AHA, along with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has expressed concerns about the methodology GAO used to conclude... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access

AHA responds to latest effort by pharmaceutical industry to disparage 340B program

By Linda Fishman
June 9, 2015

A report paid for by a group backed by the pharmaceutical industry is the latest in a series of attempts to misrepresent a program that has a proven track record of helping poor patients and vulnerable communities.

For more than 20 years, the 340B Drug Pricing Program has provided financial relief from high prescription drug costs allowing eligible hospitals to stretch limited federal resources to reduce drug costs and expand health services to patients.

Yesterday’s report says... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access
 

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