Below you can find information about policy positions adopted by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) in 2016.
Generic Drug Price Spikes
Patients have long relied on generic drugs to reduce costs and increase access to essential medications. However, significant price spikes for some generic drugs have begun to jeopardize patient access to affordable healthcare. Click here to read HSCA's Policy Position on Generic Drug Price Spikes.
Hospitals and Stark Law
New alternative payment models (APMs) are reshaping the way healthcare is delivered and reimbursed. Policymakers and health system participants are hopeful that these initiatives lead to improved coordination of care, as well as more efficient and effective care delivery. Although hospitals are changing rapidly to meet new challenges, the current system to regulate fraud and abuse has not kept pace. Click here to read HSCA's Policy Position on Hospitals and Stark Law.
Below you can find information about policy positions adopted by the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) in 2015.
Biosimilars have the potential to increase patient access to life-saving medications and to reduce costs for the entire healthcare system. HSCA and its members are working with FDA to help ensure a pathway to market for biosimilars that prioritizes patient safety and encourages development and uptake of these therapies. Click here to read HSCA's Policy Position on Biosimilars.
Drug shortages are an ongoing public health threat. Healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs) work collaboratively with hospitals, manufacturers, distributors, and government agencies to ensure that hospitals and patients have access to the life-saving drugs they need. GPOs are industry leaders in addressing drug shortages and employ a variety of proactive steps to reduce their impact. Click here to read HSCA's Policy Position on Drug Shortages.
Modernizing the Supply Chain
Evolutionary technological changes in the supply chain will help provide meaningful data that can lead to more patient-centered care. HSCA is working to bring about a world in which electronic health records (EHR) connect the supply chain using unique device identifiers (UDI), Track & Trace serialization, and related standards and protocols. Click here to read HSCA's Policy Position on Modernizing the Supply Chain.
Healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are the sourcing and purchasing partners to virtually all of America’s 5,000+ hospitals. To reduce costs, increase competition in the marketplace, and help ensure that healthcare providers have access to the best products and services, GPOs focus on identifying diverse suppliers with innovative products and then help bring those products to market. Click here to learn more about how supplier diversity increases competition. Click here to read HSCA's statement on supplier diversity.