Alliance Update, December 2019

Alliance Update

2020 340B Program HRSA Grantee Recertification Period Begins in January

See below for a note from CDR Samuel N. Cardarella RN, BSN with details about the 2020 recertification process:

Dear 340B Stakeholders,

The 2020 340B Program HRSA Grantee Recertification period for Consolidated Health Centers, Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes, Ryan White, Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Centers, Native Hawaiian, Black Lung Programs, Urban Indian, and Tribal Compact 638 will be January 27-February 24, 2020. There will be a recertification webinar held on January 22, 2020 from 1-2pm EST. A separate email will be sent out with all the information required to access the webinar.

Prior to being able to recertify, Authorizing Officials(AOs) and Primary Contacts(PCs) must set up a user account in the 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (340B OPAIS). Failure to set up user accounts will result in not being able to view accounts or conduct recertification, thus removal from the 340B Program. AOs and PCs must create individual user accounts, they will not be able to share access. All active 340B ID’s associated with an AOs user account must be updated in order for recertification to be completed by the established deadline.

If any contact information has changed since last recertification or new ones need to be added, please send all information to Jvolpe@hrsa.gov prior to the start of recertification.

For assistance with the 340B OPAIS, I strongly encourage you and the covered entities to utilize the online help that is available for your convenience. HRSA also has information and tutorials available on our website at https://www.hrsa.gov/opa/340b-opais/index.html. For further assistance please contact the 340B call center operated by the 340B Prime Vendor Program at apexusanswers@340bpvp.com or 1-888-340-2787 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST).

Regards,
CDR Samuel N. Cardarella RN, BSN
Program Management Officer
Operations Branch, Office of Pharmacy Affairs
Health Systems Bureau, Health Resources Services Administration
Office 301-945-0930
scardarella@hrsa.gov

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Operations and Marketing Update
By Sean Singh

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

As we ring in 2020, we don’t want you to forget about the things we did this year and what we continue to do to help you.

The Alliance team is excited to be able to help you start think and planning of the upcoming changes in our community. In 2019, Theresa Parker joined our team as the new Administrator for the organization. She has dedicated her time to learn about the community and our members. She is leading the rollout of the new Data Portal. The data portal is a repository of your purchase data that can be queried to look at trends about your HTC pharmacy. Theresa continues to look for ways to help us improve our service offerings, which include updates to our website, our library of presentations and legal documents.

We added Karen Bowe to our team as the Director of Community Relations. Karen brings over 30 years experience within the community including starting her career at the Hershey Medical Center HTC and then spending time with national specialty pharmacies and a manufacturer. She brings a great perspective and familiarity with hemophilia. She is very excited to be a part of the team and has jumped right wanting to be a big contributor to our team and assist our members.

We will continue to provide education opportunities for you through webinars and our in-person meetings. Getting to know your peers at other centers is vital, connecting you with a great resource to understand and work through similar issues. We are willing to facilitate education efforts that you need or want and always welcome feedback about topics you would like to hear about. In addition to our Spring Members meeting with Hill day visits and fall members meeting, we will be adding a third meeting in 2020. The meeting will be held May 6th to 8th in Minneapolis. This meeting will be for new HTC team members and team members who have not been to an Alliance meeting. The Alliance will pick up the costs for the HTC staff member to attend the meeting. The meeting will be supported by our manufacturing partners.

In the upcoming year, we will be sending out a survey to better understand your needs in the areas where we offer support. This survey will be sent to one individual at each center and we do hope you spend the time to complete it. The survey will go out in the first quarter of 2020.

We see opportunities and challenges for the upcoming years. We want to remind you that the operations team and entire Hemophilia Alliance team are here to help you prepare for the changes and help you come up with a plan to be sustainable and continue to support your patients. Whether it be an audit or helping with proformas to help you navigate financial changes or to help orient new staff, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. In addition to your primary contact, you can always reach out to any member of the Alliance team.

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2020 Meeting Schedule

  • Board Retreat: January 12th to 14th
  • Social Worker Conference: February 26th to 28th
  • Spring Members Meeting: March 29th and 30th
  • Hill Day visits: March 31st
  • Meeting for New HTC Members: May 6th to 8th
  • Fall Members Meeting: To be announced

Also in this Issue…

Notes from Joe
· 2019 Recap

Payer Update

Washington Update

Legal Update
· Legal Team Update – New Contact Information
· Foundations for Grant Compliance: Rules Exist Even When Ignored

Notes from the Community
· Emergency Guides Available