The Congress should direct the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to:
- update inpatient and outpatient payments by the amount specified in current law;
- reduce Medicare payment rates for 340B hospitals’ separately payable Part B drugs by 10 percent of the average sales price;
- direct the program savings from reducing Part B drug payment rates to the Medicare-funded uncompensated care pool; and
- distribute all uncompensated care payments using data from the Medicare cost reports’ Worksheet S–10. The use of S–10 uncompensated care data should be phased in over three years.