STATEMENT ON COURT ORDER FOR IMMEDIATE END TO MEDICARE 340B CUTS
WASHINGTON, D.C.— A federal judge has ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to immediately end the nearly 30% cut in Medicare Part B drug payments to many 340B hospitals that the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to be unlawful. The order from judge Rudolph Contreras with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejects the department’s stated plan to wait until Jan. 1, 2023, to restore the full outpatient drug payment rates to 340B hospitals. Contreras states: “HHS should not be allowed to continue its unlawful 340B reimbursements for the remainder of the year just because it promises to fix the problem later.”
The following statement is attributed to 340B Health President and CEO Maureen Testoni:
“This is an important victory for 340B hospitals that have been fighting these unlawful Medicare cuts for nearly six years,” Testoni said. “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has the clear responsibility to restore the appropriate payments for 340B drugs immediately, and now a federal court has ordered it to do so without delay.”
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