• Health reform plans, pricing revealed in California

    By Associated Press Posted: May 24, 2013 – 8:00 am ET Californians are finally getting to see what “Obamacare” means for them. President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul made a big leap Thursday when California’s health insurance exchange announced the plans and the prices that will be offered to those buying individual coverage. Some of the… Read more »

  • 340B Peer to Peer Webinar

    340B Peer to Peer Webinar: 340B Peer to Peer Implementation Strategies to Ensure Program Integrity The next upcoming Peer-to-Peer webinar will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET). Once eligibility and enrollment into the 340B program is complete, covered entities face several implementation decisions and processes to operationalize the 340B… Read more »

  • 340B Program registration

    To participate in the 340B Program, eligible organizations/covered entities must register and be enrolled with the 340B program and comply with all 340B Program requirements. Once enrolled, covered entities are assigned a 340B identification number that vendors verify before allowing an organization to purchase 340B discounted drugs. For information and eligibility requirements review the criteria  at www.hrsa.gov/opa… Read more »

  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter

    By Associated Press Posted: April 30, 2013 – 6:30 pm ET The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B… Read more »

  • CMS proposes 1.1% payment bump for hospices

     Rich Daly Modern Healthcare Posted: April 29, 2013 – 7:15 pm ET Hospices would receive a $180 million boost from Medicare in the next fiscal year under a proposed rule issued Monday (PDF). The proposed rule would provide a 1.1% increase in fiscal 2014 payments to hospices, which treated more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in… Read more »

  • HRSA extends deadline for GPO compliance

    HRSA published Policy Release 2013-1 (PDF – 227 KB) on February 7, 2013 to clarify its policy regarding this 340B Program statutory prohibition.  HRSA initially allowed covered entities 60 days after the publication of the GPO policy release (until April 7, 2013) to make certain their drug replenishment practices comply with the GPO policy release. Based… Read more »

  • HRSA Policy Release – Audits

    HRSA OPA Policy Release Update The Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) has revised Policy Release 2012-1 titled “Clarification of HRSA Audits of 340B Covered Entities.” The release was revised to remove the OMB Circular A-133 (A-133) audit component from OPA’s oversight strategies due to a number of concerns.  View Details 

  • HRSA 340B Registration opens

    Open registration for the 340B program begins on April 1 and runs through the 15th.  Eligible entities who want to participate in the 340B discounted drug pricing program must register with HRSA in order to access the program.  Activation of the registration takes place on July 1.  Additional open registrations for 2013 will take place… Read more »