HHS Defends Medicare Drug Program Cuts At High Court

Law360 (May 14, 2021, 7:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the American Hospital Association's appeal of a D.C. Circuit ruling that the agency lawfully cut billions of dollars from reimbursements for drugs bought through a discount program for hospitals in low-income areas.

HHS on Thursday opposed the AHA's petition that asked the high court to review the D.C. Circuit's reversal of a lower court's finding that the agency exceeded its authority when it slashed Medicare reimbursement by nearly 30% for drugs purchased via the so-called 340B discount program.

The agency shot back at AHA's contention that...

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