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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Enrollment and Re-Certification of Entities in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, OMB Number 0915-0327-Revision

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AGENCY:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the requirement for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HRSA announces plans to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting the ICR to OMB, HRSA seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

DATES:

Comments on this ICR should be received no later than July 8, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments to paperwork@hrsa.gov or mail the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer, Room 14N136B, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and draft instruments, email paperwork@hrsa.gov or call Lisa Wright-Solomon, the HRSA Information Collection Clearance Officer at (301) 443-1984.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the ICR title, below, for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: Enrollment and Re-Certification of Entities in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, OMB No. 0915-0327—Revision.

Abstract: Section 602 of Public Law 102-585, the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, enacted section 340B of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, which instructs HHS to enter into a Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement (PPA) with manufacturers of covered outpatient drugs. Manufacturers are required by section 1927(a)(5)(A) of the Social Security Act to enter into agreements with the Secretary of HHS (the Secretary) that comply with section 340B of the PHS Act if they participate in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. When a drug manufacturer signs a PPA, it is opting into the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program), and it agrees to the statutory requirement that prices charged for covered outpatient drugs to covered entities will not exceed statutorily defined 340B ceiling prices. When an eligible covered entity voluntarily decides to enroll and participate in the 340B Program, it accepts responsibility for ensuring compliance with all provisions of the 340B Program, including all associated costs. Covered entities that choose to participate in the 340B Program must comply with the requirements of section 340B(a)(5) of the PHS Act. Section 340B(a)(5)(A) of the PHS Act prohibits a covered entity from accepting a discount for a drug that would also generate a Medicaid rebate. Further, section 340B(a)(5)(B) of the PHS Act prohibits a covered entity from reselling or otherwise transferring a discounted drug to a person who is not a patient of the covered entity.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: To ensure its ongoing responsibility to administer the 340B Program while maintaining efficiency, transparency, and integrity, HRSA developed a process of registration for covered entities to address specific statutory mandates. Specifically, section 340B(a)(9) of the PHS Act requires HRSA to notify manufacturers of the identities of covered entities and of their status pertaining to certification and annual recertification in the 340B Program pursuant to section 340B(a)(7) and the establishment of a mechanism to prevent duplicate discounts as outlined at section 340B(a)(5)(A)(ii) of the PHS Act.

Also, section 340B(a)(1) of the PHS Act requires each participating manufacturer to enter into an agreement with the Secretary to offer covered outpatient drugs to 340B covered entities.

Finally, section 340B(d)(1)(B)(i) of the PHS Act requires the development of a system to enable the Secretary to verify the accuracy of ceiling prices calculated by manufacturers under subsection (a)(1) and charged to covered entities.

HRSA is requesting approval for existing information collections. HRSA notes that the previously approved collections are mostly unchanged, except that HRSA has transitioned completely to online versus hardcopy forms. In doing so, some of the forms have been revised to increase program efficiency and integrity. Below are descriptions of each of the forms and any resulting revisions in both the registration and pricing component of Start Printed Page 20374the 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System (OPAIS).

Enrollment/Registration

To enroll and certify the eligible federally funded grantees and other safety net health care providers, HRSA requires entities to submit administrative information (e.g., shipping and billing arrangements, Medicaid participation), certifying information (e.g., Medicare Cost Report information, documentation supporting the hospital's selected classification), and attestation from appropriate grantee level or entity level authorizing officials and primary contacts. The purpose of this registration information is to determine eligibility for the 340B Program. To maintain accurate records, HRSA requests entities to submit modifications to any administrative information they submitted when initially enrolling in the Program. 340B covered entities have an ongoing responsibility to immediately notify HRSA of any change in eligibility for the 340B Program. No less than on an annual basis, entities must certify the accuracy of the information provided and continued maintenance of their eligibility and comply with statutory mandates of the Program.

Registration and annual recertification information are entered into the 340B OPAIS by entities and verified by HRSA staff according to 340B Program requirements. The following forms are being revised:

1. 340B Program Registrations & Certifications for Hospitals (applies to all hospital types): With the launch of 340B OPAIS in September 2017, HRSA removed the requirement for a Government Official to attest to the hospital classification of a parent hospital. HRSA would like to require parent hospitals to attach documents supporting the hospital classification that they select during registration. This is a more accurate and efficient way to determine the eligibility of parent hospital registrations, without increasing the burden, since the Government Official attestation has been removed.

2. 340B Program Registrations for STD/TB Clinics: HRSA is requesting that any STD entity provide its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) number at the time of registration. HRSA is also requesting that an entity describe the type of in-kind funding it receives, as well as the time period of the funding. This will assist HRSA in accurately determining the eligibility of the covered entity registration. This requirement would impose minimal burden on the public, as the NOFO number correlates to the Federal Grant Number, which is already required during registration.

3. 340B Registrations for Ryan White Entities: HRSA is requesting that any Ryan White entity provide its NOFO number at the time of registration. HRSA is also requesting that an entity provide the time period of the assistance. This will assist HRSA to accurately determine the eligibility of the registration. This requirement would impose minimal burden on the public, as the NOFO number correlates to the Federal Grant Number, which is already required during registration.

4. Medicaid Billing: HRSA is making a minor change to clarify the question about Medicaid billing.

Accurate records are critical to the prevention of drug diversion to non-eligible individuals as well as duplicate discounts in the 340B Program. To maintain accurate records, HRSA also requires that covered entities recertify eligibility annually, and that they notify the program of updates to any administrative information that they submitted when initially enrolling in the program. HRSA expects that the burden imposed by these processes is low for recertification and minimal for submitting change requests.

Contract Pharmacy Self-Certification

To ensure that drug manufacturers and drug wholesalers recognize contract pharmacy arrangements, covered entities that elect to use one or more contract pharmacies are required to submit general information about the arrangements and certify that signed agreements are in place with those contract pharmacies.

Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement and Addendum

In accordance with the 340B Program guidance issued in the May 7, 1993, Federal Register, section 340B(a)(1) of the PHS Act provides that a manufacturer who sells covered outpatient drugs to eligible entities must sign a Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the Secretary of HHS (the “Secretary”) in which the manufacturer agrees to charge a price for covered outpatient drugs that will not exceed the average manufacturer price decreased by a rebate percentage. Also, section 340B(a)(1) of the PHS Act includes specific required components of the PPA with manufacturers of covered outpatient drugs. In particular, section 340B(a)(1) includes the following requirements:

I. “Each such agreement shall require that the manufacturer furnish the Secretary with reports, on a quarterly basis, of the price for each covered outpatient drug subject to the agreement that, according to the manufacturer, represents the maximum price that covered entities may permissibly be required to pay for the drug (referred to in this section as the “ceiling price”) and

II. “. . . shall require that the manufacturer offer each covered entity covered outpatient drugs for purchase at or below the applicable ceiling price if such drug is made available to any other purchaser at any price.”

The burden imposed on manufacturers by submission of the PPA and PPA Addendum is low as the information is readily available.

Pricing Data Submission, Validation and Dissemination

To implement section 340B(d)(1)(B)(i)(II) of the PHS Act, HRSA developed a system to calculate 340B ceiling prices prospectively from data obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as a third party commercial database. However, to conduct the comparison required under the statute, manufacturers must submit the quarterly pricing data as required by section 340B(d)(1)(B)(i)(II). The 340B OPAIS securely collects the following data from manufacturers on a quarterly basis: Average manufacturer price, unit rebate amount, package size, case pack size, unit type, national drug code, labeler code, product code, period of sale (year and quarter), FDA product name, labeler name, wholesale acquisition cost, and the manufacturer determined ceiling price for each covered outpatient drug produced by a manufacturer subject to a PPA. The burden imposed on manufacturers is low because the information requested is readily available and used by manufacturers in other areas.

Likely Respondents: Drug manufacturers and covered entities.

Burden Statement: Burden in this context means the time expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide the information requested. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information; to search data sources; to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the Start Printed Page 20375information. The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal responsesHours per respondentTotal burden hours
Hospital Enrollment, Additions & Recertifications
340B Program Registrations & Certifications for Hospitals *24812482.00496
Certifications to Enroll Hospital Outpatient Facilities66585,3200.502,660
Hospital Annual Recertifications2,4811024,8100.256,202
Registrations and Recertifications for Entities Other Than Hospitals
340B Registrations for Community Health Centers *36031,0801.001,080
340B Registrations for STD/TB Clinics *53515351.00535
340B Registrations for Various Other Eligible Entity Types *39213921.00392
Community Health Center Annual Recertifications1,27778,9390.252,235
STD & TB Annual Recertifications4,03314,0330.251,008
Annual Recertification for entities other than Hospitals, Community Health Centers, and STD/TB Clinics4,47214,4720.251,118
Contracted Pharmacy Services Registration & Recertifications
Contracted Pharmacy Services Registration2,0481122,5281.0022,528
Other Information Collections
Submission of Administrative Changes for any Covered Entity19,322119,322** 0.254,831
Submission of Administrative Changes for any Manufacturer35013500.50175
Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement and PPA Addendum20012001.00200
Total36,38392,22943,460
* Revised since last OMB submission, but burden was not affected.
** Burden changed from .5 to .25 due to the 340B OPAIS improvement.

HRSA specifically requests comments on (1) the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

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Amy McNulty,

Acting Director, Division of the Executive Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 2019-09601 Filed 5-8-19; 8:45 am]

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