The American Hospital Association disputed UHG’s findings, saying that drug manufacturers themselves are the main culprit in rising costs.

At a time when drug costs are a top concern for employers, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) has released a report finding that specialty drugs are a key driver of health care costs. The UHG study suggests that hospital delivery of these drugs contribute to the problem; the report claims that $4 billion could be saved if such drugs were administered outside of hospital settings.

However, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has pushed back hard, questioning the methodology of the UHG study and noting that some specialty drugs can only be administered at a hospital.

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