It’s a new year and that brings new challenges for hospitals enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally implemented a new rule that cuts the reimbursement to certain covered entities by $1.6 billion.
The 2018 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule was finalized in November 2017 and immediately met with resistance. A number of hospital associations and several health systems joined to sue CMS – claiming the changes would reduce access to care – and a bipartisan bill was introduced before the House seeking to reverse the ruling. Due to a procedural issue, the lawsuit was deemed premature since damages had not yet been incurred, and CMS’s rule went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, per the original time frame.
Despite efforts to halt the rule continuing into 2018 – the same complainants plan continued legal action – all 340B hospitals covered under OPPS must now comply with the new CMS rule.
For a clearer picture on the potential impacts for hospitals, patients, staff and health care programs, here is what you need to know: [Read more…]