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Report Finds Increasing Number of 340B Hospitals Provide Minimal Charity Care

A new report released yesterday by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR340B), of which BIO is a member, found a dramatic decline in charity care provided by 340B hospitals in 2014, which was the first year of coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The report found that over a third (37 percent) provided charity care representing less than 1 percent of total patient costs – far higher than the 24 percent Read More >

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Report: Low Compliance with ACA Charity Care Requirements among 340B Hospitals

Earlier this week, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B, of which BIO is a member, released a new report examining hospitals’ compliance with the charity care requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report found that large numbers of both 340B and non-340B hospitals are not complying with protections contained in the ACA for low-income patients, such as rules designed to ensure they are made aware of a hospital’s charity care program Read More >

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New Study: 340B Entities Not Using the Program as Intended

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A new analysis released by Avalere Health and funded by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) found hospitals participating in the 340B drug pricing program were more likely to acquire independent physician practices than non-340B hospitals. This study looks beyond past research on hospital acquisitions, which largely focused on the higher costs associated with the acquisition of physician practices, to the likelihood of acquisitions among 340B and non-340B entities. This research provides Read More >

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BioCentury TV This Week: 340B Drug Discount Program Needs More Oversight

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BIO’s Laurel Todd shared concerns that the 340B program has departed significantly from its original intent, leading to evidence of abuse and potentially harmful consequences for patients. “The original intent of 340B was to support the most vulnerable patients; clearly that is not the focus for many of the participants in the program now,” said Todd. Todd pointed to three primary reasons the program needs more oversight: Exponential growth, significant violations revealed in audits, and Read More >

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AIR 340B New Report: Contract Pharmacy Growth in 340B

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Today, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) released a white paper – The Impact of Growth in 340B Contract Pharmacy Arrangements – showingthat rapid contract pharmacy growth in the 340B program may not directly benefit the vulnerable patients for whom the program is intended. The paper highlights the growth of thousands of for-profit retail pharmacies – many of which are located in wealthier areas of the country. As of January 2014, Read More >

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