340B Advocates Meet in San Diego
by Admin | February 5, 2019 2:43 pm
February 5, 2019— Hundreds of pharmacists, 340B program directors, and other patient advocates convened in San Diego last week for the 15th Annual 340B Coalition Winter Conference, the largest such gathering to date. The event gave safety-net hospitals, community health centers, Ryan White clinics, and other safety-net providers a chance to discuss the latest developments in drug pricing, learn more about best practices in their fields, and network with others dedicated to improving the health of low-income and rural patients.
The event came at a time of continued debate in Washington over
the future of the 340B program and intensifying national scrutiny of rising
prescription drug prices. Over the course of three days, the nearly 1,800
conference attendees heard from more than 100 speakers during several plenary
sessions and more than 20 breakout sessions.
Among the highlights:
- 340B Health President and CEO Maureen Testoni
reviewed how much 340B – and the world – has changed since it was enacted in
1992 by President George H.W. Bush. “After 26 years, 340B is still helping
safety-net providers stretch resources, reaching more patients and providing
more services,” she said. Testoni reviewed the numerous successes that
advocates of 340B achieved in 2018 on Capitol Hill, with the administration,
and in the courts. She cautioned, however, that supporters of the program need
to remain vigilant against challenges that could roll back or weaken the crucial
health assistance that 340B provides for patients throughout the U.S.
- Keynote speakers Michael McCaughan, founding
member of Prevision Policy LLC, and Rodney Whitlock, vice president of health
policy at ML Strategies, discussed the shifting Washington policy arena in 2019.
The Democratic takeover of the U.S. House is one of the largest factors driving
expectations of legislative action for the year, but both speakers noted that
possible administrative actions in the drug pricing area remain a major wild
- Experts from safety-net hospitals shared several of the innovative, customized, and successful ways that they have used 340B savings to help combat the opioid epidemic in their communities. Their strategies include working with law enforcement and other first responders to prevent overdose deaths, changing opioid prescribing practices to lessen the potential for use disorders, and creating naloxone distribution programs to put more lifesaving medication in the hands of individuals who are in the best positions to administer them. Three of the panelists – from MetroHealth Medical Center in Ohio, Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina, and Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts – are featured in 340B Health’s recent report showing how 340B hospitals are on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic.
- Speakers in a conference panel on health care
equity discussed how 340B can be used to empower health care providers to better
serve the patients and communities that are all too often underserved. Social
determinants such as neighborhoods, socioeconomic status, and environment
continue to be linked to disparities in health access and outcomes,
particularly for communities of color and other traditionally underserved
populations. Panelists shared their stories about how 340B savings can be used
to help address these disparities, whether through pediatric asthma programs on
Chicago’s South Side, tele-pharmacy and mail order pharmacy initiatives in
rural Mississippi, or community-based health access points in downtown San
- Breakout sessions gave attendees from community
health centers, STD clinics, hemophilia treatment centers, HIV/AIDS clinics,
and other 340B stakeholders the opportunity to meet with their peers on the
latest developments affecting their facilities and industries. The 340B
Coalition that sponsored the conference consists of more than a dozen
associations – including 340B Health – representing a wide range of safety-net
providers and patient advocates.
- report: https://www.340bhealth.org/newsroom/340b-hospitals-are-key-part-of-national-response-to-opioid-epidemic/
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