FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON—We are pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has responded to our lawsuit with other national organizations by proposing a Jan. 1, 2019, effective and compliance date for 340B Drug Pricing Program enforcement.
This change will put an end to the years-long delay of simple measures to hold drugmakers accountable in the 340B program. We encourage HHS to follow through with this proposal by promptly publishing a final rule in time to meet the new deadline.
The newly proposed regulation also calls on HHS to provide pricing information to 340B participating hospitals and other providers through a closed website. This website is essential to enforcement of the 340B program. We strongly encourage HHS to launch the website as soon as possible after Jan. 1, 2019.
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America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 325 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.