DuBois Regional Medical Center has found a way to help its patients with prescription drug costs.
As of Dec. 14, DRMC is a participant in the federal government's 340B program that helps eligible patients receive discounted prescription drugs.
If you do not have prescription drug coverage at all or your coverage does not cover a medication that you must have, 340B may be able to help, according to Francis Iorfido, director of Pharmacy at DRMC.
340B is a federal drug program that has been around since 1992 to provide deeply discounted drugs to entities that qualify. DRMC has been a 340B hospital since 2004. It qualified for the program because of the high usage of its services by Medicare and Medicaid patients, charity care provided and services provided to the Free Clinic of DuBois, according to Pat Cressley, chief financial officer at DRMC.
Under new guidelines from the Health Care Reform Bill passed by Congress in March 2010, the program was expanded to allow hospitals the ability to contract with local pharmacies to offer these discounted drugs to fill patient's prescriptions. This program may boost DRMC's bottom line through government reimbursements, but it also is a help to its patients.
What does this mean for DRMC patients? – less–ZoomInfo