Vizient, Inc. Hosts Congressional Briefing to Discuss How the 340B Drug Discount Program Benefits Patients and Communities



"340B: A Vital Part of America’s Safety Net."

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vizient, Inc. announces it is hosting a congressional briefing today titled, “340B: A Vital Part of America’s Safety Net.” The briefing is designed as a panel discussion on the current health care climate, including how the 340B drug discount program enables safety net providers throughout the country to offer critical services to their patients and communities. The briefing will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C.

Jody Hatcher, president, sourcing and collaboration services for Vizient will moderate the panel discussion. The panel will be comprised of four health care executives offering their hospitals’ perspectives on the 340B program and highlighting patient and community service programs made possible in part through savings from the drug discount program. The panelists are:

  • Karen Bowling, vice president of care delivery and transformation at WVU Medicine
  • Carlos A. Migoya, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Health System
  • Steve Purves, president and chief executive officer of Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Paul Wesolowski, chief operating officer of Virginia Commonwealth University Hospitals

“Lower reimbursements, aging populations with high acuity needs and patients with socioeconomic challenges are requiring hospitals and providers across the country to find resources that enable them to meet the diverse needs of their communities. The 340B Drug Discount Program offers essential relief by delivering additional discounts on outpatient drugs to eligible providers, including safety net hospitals, to deliver important services that meet critical needs of vulnerable patients and underserved communities,” said Hatcher. “We hope that today’s conversation further highlights to policy makers and other stakeholders the important work that safety net hospitals are doing throughout the country.”

Vizient is the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company serving a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, provides innovative data-driven solutions, expertise and collaborative opportunities that lead to improved patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient’s diverse membership base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately $100 billion in annual purchasing volume. The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, which was acquired in 2016. In 2018, Vizient again received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute. Vizient’s headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States. Please visit as well as our newsroom, blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube pages for more information about the company.


Vizient, Inc.
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