A House Republican on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program to disclose how much care they provide to low-income patients. But healthcare stakeholders warn the bill could place unfair reporting burdens on providers in medically vulnerable communities.
House bill would add reporting requirements for 340B hospitals
Rep. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) said the 340B Optimization Act would fix reporting issues with the program, claiming the current system does not provide an accurate measurement of how many low-income patients receive care at a health system's hospitals, outpatient facilities and pediatric clinics.
Some hospitals' 340B eligibility is determined partially by their Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital status, a formula based on a hospital's share of low-income and uninsured patients.
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