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Senate Bill Would Save Safety Net Hospitals Billions in Inpatient Pharmacy Costs
Health Leaders Media - Cheryl Clark

About 800 safety net hospitals will save $2 million a year on average if a provision in the Senate bill expands their right to buy discounted drugs under the so-called 340B program. The program would expand beyond outpatient care and include inpatient pharmacy drugs as well. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also would broaden 340B so that critical access hospitals, those facilities with no more than 25 beds, also may buy drugs at discounted prices under the federal program. At present, they are excluded.