Safety net hospitals help provide healthcare and pharmaceutical access to low-income and vulnerable populations. These hospitals are entitled to participate in the 340B program, which was signed into law in 1992 to provide pharmaceuticals to vulnerable populations at a reduced price. Participating hospitals include DSH’s (disproportionate share hospitals, so-named because they receive a disproportionate share of uninsured patients). This year, participating members of this pharmaceutical program gather in Washington D.C. for the 18th Annual 340B Coalition Conference, just in time for proposed changes to the 340B system. The conference will take place on 7/13 – 7/16 and the Omni Shoreham Hotel, just west of our D.C. Inn.
(photo credit: http://340bcoalition.org)
Conference events include info sessions on upcoming policy changes, discussions with the program’s patients, reviews and discussions of government audits, improving patient outcomes, and regulatory compliance. Stakeholders in the changing regulatory regime include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and patients. The conference organizers state that the interests of all of these groups will be represented at the conference. We hope to see some of the attendees join us at our guesthouse.
Marcos, Innkeeper at American Guest House, DC Bed and Breakfast