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Drug prices The gap between pharmaceutical acquisition costs and hospital charges is particularly wide for 340B entities. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Reimbursement for clinician-administered drugs under Medicare Part B is set at the average sales price charged by manufacturers to wholesalers, plus a 6% markup. Although these prices had long been confidential, hospitals now are required to post payer-specific negotiated prices under a transparency rule that took effect early this year.

In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed a set of top-performing hospitals to quantify drug pricing variation across insurers Among their findings:

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