As health care institutions increasingly face 340B Drug Discount Program audits and investigations, Polsinelli is helping clients not only respond but also anticipate such inquiries from the government. We partner with health care entities to create programs that allow them to take full advantage of the benefits offered without sacrificing confidence in knowing their practices are fully compliant and defensible.

Polsinelli’s Health Care practice includes several industry leading 340B attorneys that provide strategic, compliance, and regulatory solutions to Covered Entities located throughout the country. The 340B practice spans multiple disciplines within Polsinelli’s national platform providing Covered Entities with an unparalleled level of resources. Our 340B practice frequently interfaces with the firm’s health care antitrust, corporate and transactional, government audit/investigation, employee benefits, and technology practices to provide high-value, efficient solutions to the unique and complex issues Covered Entities face under the 340B program.

Polsinelli’s 340B client base includes hospitals and health systems, federally qualified health centers, and Ryan White Clinics. Our team applies its significant audit and compliance experience when providing the below services to Covered Entities:

  • 340B eligibility/feasibility assessments, including disproportionate share hospital percentage validations, and assessments of alternative 340B program participation methods
  • 340B program development, including preparation of local government contracts, comprehensive 340B policies and procedures, and staff training programs
  • Enhance patient access to 340B drugs by converting/adding eligible provider-based sites
  • Negotiate and structure 340B contract pharmacy arrangements with local pharmacies that range from national retailors to single community pharmacies
  • Assess and restructure employee benefit plans to provide Covered Entity employee access to 340B drugs
  • Develop other unique partnerships with community providers to enhance patient access to 340B drugs

340B Audit Readiness
  • Perform 340B audit readiness assessments and provide operationally feasible recommendations on how to improve compliance
  • Provide onsite Office of Pharmacy Affairs audit assistance, including development of audit data request responses and preparation of audit team members
  • Assistance with follow-up audit responses, including development of Corrective Action Plans

  • Negotiate vendor agreements for necessary 340B compliance tools, including virtual inventory and contract pharmacy management products
  • Provide day-to-day regulatory analysis and support, including the application of the patient definition, GPO prohibition, Medicaid duplicate discounts prohibition, and orphan drug rule
  • Secure technical assistance from the Office of Pharmacy Affairs and its contractors
  • Provide timely regulatory and industry updates that impact Covered Entities

340B Registration Database Support
  • Assist with Office of Pharmacy Affairs 340B database registrations, including recertifications and changes to scope/locations
  • Counsel Covered Entities on applicable registration deadlines that may have a significant impact on 340B program eligibility and the underlying transaction
  • Update clients on changes to database processes and key deadlines

Public Policy
  • Monitor and update participating providers on new guidance and regulations affecting the Program
  • Develop and file comments to new regulations
  • Assist clients in executing an effective legislative plan to ensure that their concerns are heard