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Berkeley Research Group contends that the shift is due to 340B hospitals buying independent physician offices and then converting them to hospital outpatient departments. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The fight is heating up in the push to reform the federal 340B drug discount program to reduce the out-of-pocket costs to Medicare enrollees and other participants. The pharmaceutical industry is now weighing in on rising out-of-pocket costs due to 340B hospitals shifting patients to more expensive sites of care.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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