Supreme Court to hear case challenging Medicare cuts to 340B

Medicare reimburses hospitals that buy drugs at discounts less than hospitals paying full price. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether that’s legal. In this episode, hospitals say profits from this 340B program used to fund charity care and specialty pharmacy programs are now at risk.

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Little Things Can Cause Big Issues in Patient Care

The November issue of Pharmacy Practice News includes an interview with HOSP Board Members Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Baystate Health, and Tim Affeldt Vice President of Specialty/Infusion Pharmacy Operations, Fairview Health Services, speaking about little things that can improve patient outcomes.

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How a health system alliance is advocating for hospital-owned specialty pharmacies

Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, chief pharmacy officer at Baystate Health an president of the HOSP Board of Directors was recently interviewed by Becker’s Hospital Review for an update on what has been happening with HOSP this past year.

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A challenge for health-system specialty pharmacies Little Things Can Cause Big Issues in Patient Care

Gary Kerr, PharmD, MBA, chief pharmacy officer, Baystate Health, and president of HOSP, and Tim Affeldt Vice President, Specialty/Infusion Pharmacy Operations, Fairview Health Services and HOSP board member were interviewed in this Specialty Pharmacy Continuum article about Baystate Health and HOSP.

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Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance: A Voice for Integrated Specialty Pharmacies

Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance issues open letter outlining three needed industry actions to improve patient care and outcomes.

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Alliance of Hospital-Owned Specialty Pharmacies Issues Industry Call to Action

The Health System Owned Specialty Pharmacy Alliance, or HOSP — an organization formed in October by seven health systems to advocate for health system-owned specialty pharmacies — recently sent an open letter to health systems outlining three actions items it wants the specialty pharmacy industry to take to improve patient care and outcomes.

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Health System-Owned Specialty Pharmacies Gain New Voice

Specialty pharmacies, which focus on delivering medications for more complex and chronic illnesses, are no longer the rarity they once were. In 2016, the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists reports, about 9% of health systems owned an integrated specialty pharmacy;

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Specialty Pharmacy on Strategies and Analysis for Managing High-Cost Specialty Products

A recent study of Anthem’s Cancer Care Quality Program (CCQP) treatment pathways found that an enhanced reimbursement to providers who adhere to on-pathway treatment regimens increased use of the drugs without changing the total care spending, supporting the payer’s efforts to move the needle on value-based care. That program has since led to the insurer’s launch of an oncology medical home this summer.

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HOSP Forms to Advocate for Integrated Specialty Pharmacies

HOSP Forms to Advocate for Integrated Specialty Pharmacies

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