Congress created the 340B drug savings program to help those hospitals serving vulnerable communities expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for their communities. The savings generated from the 340B drug discount program are used by MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital to help keep pace with the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs, as well as to offer additional needed services to our community such as the ones described below.
Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital recognizes the importance of early detection for cancer and has programs available for those who may not be able to afford these lifesaving screenings on their own. The hospital also provides pathways for financial assistance for individuals that are unable to afford their treatment services and provides innovative approaches to receive continued care in a home setting.
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provides free breast and cervical cancer screening programs to uninsured Baltimore City and County residents. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital partners with its three Baltimore regional hospitals to screen women – most of whom are Hispanic/Latina.
- Colon Cancer Screening Program provides free colon cancer screening programs to uninsured Baltimore City and County residents. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital partners with its three Baltimore regional hospitals to screen individuals. A majority of those screened are Hispanic/Latino.
- Prescription assistance Funding and assistance with accessing prescription medications for patients in need are available.
- Palliative Telemedicine Program helps transition individuals on palliative services from the hospital to home by providing continued education, comfort, and care assistance via an electronic platform.
- Patient Financial Services provides financial assistance to uninsured patients who reside within the communities we serve by assisting with enrollment in publicly-funded programs, refer patients to State or Federal Insurance Exchange Navigator resources and assist with other funding resources that may be available from other charitable organizations.
- Bedside Rx Delivery Service is a free service to eliminate barriers such as transportation, to help patients take prescribed medications as instructed, to improve health outcomes and avoid readmission.
Health and Wellness
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital serves as the front door to the opioid epidemic and provides comprehensive behavioral health resources through a variety of different programs. The organization also recognizes that at-risk, high-needs individuals living in our communities need access to chronic disease management and prevention education.
- Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a program for screening and identification of substance use disorder, with a goal of providing referrals for substance abuse treatment. The program serves MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s Emergency Department and select outpatient primary care offices. Peer Recovery Coaches provide brief intervention and referrals to community support services and treatment centers.
- Opioid Survivor Outreach Program (OSOP) statistics show that those who survive an opioid overdose have a 60% mortality rate unless they are actively engaged in treatment. MedStar’s field base initiative, sends peer recovery coaches in the field to see recent overdose survivors and link them to treatment services, naloxone trainings and provide a consistent point of contact should someone wish to enter care.
- Mental Health and Substance Use Education In partnership with community organizations, such as the Baltimore City Health Department and Mosaic Community Services MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital offers free education courses on mental health awareness and naloxone administration.
Chronic Disease Education programs are offered to support healthy lifestyle changes for community members:
- Living Well Self-Management Programs offers evidence based six-week workshops for adults who have long lasting health problems with ideas to help them take charge of their health and liveactive and enjoyable lives. Family members and caregivers are also welcome.
- Diabetes Prevention Programs offers evidence-based year-long programs to help community members prevent diabetes through life balance and weight management.
- Smoking Cessation Programs are offered on a quarterly basis to provide community members a forum to receive support to stop smoking.
- MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is an active participant in providing health education at Health Fairs across its community benefit service area. Free flu shot clinics are also provided at a wide range of churches and community-based organizations.
- Free Support Groups for stroke, alcohol anonymous, aphasia, caregiver, and amputee are provided as safe havens for continued support and well-being.
- Yoga and Tai Chi are provided as part of the Good Health Center’s regular offering of services.
Social Determinants of Health
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital invests in programs and partnerships that address the social needs of patients and community members.
- Workforce Development MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital hires and trains individuals from high poverty and high unemployment zip codes to expand its population health workforce of Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Specialists.
- Housing in Collaboration with the City of Baltimore and Health Care for the Homeless invest in the Supportive Housing Investment Fund to provide housing case management and tenancy support services to adults who are high utilizers of emergency departments or have co-occurring chronic health conditions, and who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness.
- Vivian T. Thomas Academy and Mercy High School serve as key partners to provide internships to expose local high school students to careers in healthcare, as well as hands-on experience in a hospital setting.
- Transportation in partnership with Uber, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital has created a convenient ride option program with a reliable means of transportation for vulnerable patients to medical appointments and health education activities. In addition to services through Uber, the hospital provides funds for patients with transportation needs through case management department.