For twenty years, the 340B program administered by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administration (HHS) has helped safety-net providers to stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services. Over the past few years, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of qualifying health care entities (and patients) has grown. So have the number of contract pharmacies that can disperse 340B drugs to patients.
The program expansion has caused pharmaceutical companies to lobby for changes and clarifications to 340B. This has resulted in much political upheaval and the promise of mega changes to the program that were supposed to materialize this summer. That didn’t happen. But the program is definitely under scrutiny, so that means it’s important to document your 340B transactions and understand the compliance requirements around this program.
Here’s what you need to know now about 340B to make sure your hospital or clinic is in compliance:
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