Hospitals due $9B under 340B final rule
Providers participating in the 340B drug discount program will receive approximately $9 billion to compensate them for reductions in previous years under a final rule the Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published Thursday.
CMS will distribute the money in lump sums to eligible providers to undo reimbursement cuts from 2018 to 2022, which the Supreme Court ruled invalid last year. About 1,700 hospitals are due to receive funds by Jan. 1. But because federal law requires this spending to be budget-neutral, CMS offset the cost by reducing reimbursements for other outpatient products and services by $7.8 billion.
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