202019 May
May 340Buzz: Moving forward with a “new normal” amid COVID-19

This month, we look at what the federal government is doing to help hospitals cover the cost of uninsured COVID patients, the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, and the recently proposed HEROES bill. “The Trump administration is pleased to give pharmacists the chance to play a bigger role in the COVID-19 response, alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers.” Hospitals and lawmakers alike continue to have concerns that the shifting patient populations due to COVID-19 could affect covered entities’ eligibility for the 340B program. Senator Ben Sasse attempted to address this issue at a state level in Nebraska with the introduction of an amendment to relief legislation that would help Nebraska’s health care providers combat coronavirus. His proposed amendment would ensure that covered entities that serve the most at-risk populations continue to qualify for the 340B drug discount program for FY2020 and FY2021 in light of the ongoing public health emergency. While we regret the missed opportunity to gather with colleagues, customers and peers for this important event, Sentry applauds the decision to put the health and safety of the nation’s healthcare professionals first.

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