The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) has announced it will delay the annual recertification of hospitals participating until in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Recertification will be delayed until OPA launches an upgrade to its 340B database.

The recertification process, which typically takes place place in August, could begin Oct. 1. Additional details about the date will be forthcoming.

OPA is replacing its current database with a new online tool called the OPA Information System (OPAIS), which will allow providers to register and recertify 340B sites and contract pharmacies. OPAIS also will allow providers to access the new 340B ceiling price website.

Access to OPAIS will be limited to the authorized officials of covered entities. It will include a dashboard displaying current eligibility status, pending tasks, and communications.

Covered entities should monitor OPA’s website for announcements regarding the launch of OPAIS, informational webinars, and the 340B recertification process .

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.