The 340B drug discount program helps MedStar Georgetown University Hospital keep pace with the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs, as well as to offer additional needed services to our community such as the ones described below.
340B Hospital Commitment to Good Stewardship Principles
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is committed to impact the betterment and health of the underserved in Washington DC. We have a long history of serving underserved populations through a continuum of education, health and support services that address disparities. Our service continuum includes community settings and also collaborations with an array of partners including DC Public Schools, homeless shelters, and other community organizations. The impact of scaling back the 340B Program would threaten MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's capacity to offer the services such as those described below, as well as other critical programs and services within the Hospital.
Mobile Health Services for Children
KIDS Mobile Clinic provides comprehensive health and social services five days a week in DC Wards 6 and 7. This mobile service reaches 800 children and adolescents annually, plus public housing where 2,000 children reside, and a residential charter school for children affected by the foster system. To overcome the barriers that block underserved families from pursuing timely medical care for their children, the mobile van brings medical care into communities in need, using a multi-disciplinary approach. Over the past 26 years, the KIDS Mobile Clinic has served more than 7,000 children through 60,000 patient visits.
Cancer Screening and Navigation for the Underserved
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has partnered with the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) to develop a new innovative primary care, patient-centered, evidence-based cancer screening and navigation model. The program aims to increase screening rates for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer and support access to quality care. Once patients are identified as due for screenings, the Navigators work to ensure the patient is referred to appropriate cancer screening and, as needed, diagnosis and treatment. Annually, the program touches over 2,000 patients.
Catholic Charities Partnership
Patients without insurance are referred for services at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital by Catholic Charities. Patients referred by Catholic Charities receive free (or nominal expense) for outpatient and inpatient care. In FY19, over $13.1 million in charges for patient care was provided.
Caring in the Home
Patients who have undergone surgical procedures and have been discharged home are at risk for infection, failure to adhere to medications and effective pain control. To enhance the post-discharge care and safety of these patients, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital partners to provide in-home visits by Nurse Practitioners following certain surgeries, making visits within days of discharge and continuing to visit them at home on a weekly basis, or more frequently as needed. This “eyes-on and hands-on” presence in the patient’s home, working closely with the patient’s physician, permits early intervention for these risk factors.
Medicaid Enrollment Assistance
This free service for patients helps those without insurance who are seeking care to determine if they are eligible for Medicaid or other coverage programs. If a patient is eligible, our Patient Financial Services team then works with the patient to convert their account to Medicaid or other coverage program.