GO-TIME: DOC, Temple University Hospital Partnership Saves Costs, Improves Offender Post-Release Medical Care

September 26, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – A unique partnership between Temple University Hospital and the Department of Corrections is realizing significant savings and improving the health of hundreds of inmates returning to the community. More than 600 inmates are currently being served and the program is expected to save more than $21 million over five years.

“This unique partnership with Temple University Hospital benefits the DOC by providing a continuity of care and timely information sharing which will help inmates to experience a more successful return to society,” Wetzel said. “The better the return experience, the less likely an individual will reoffend.”

In mid-2015, the DOC joined with Temple to provide health care services for state prison inmates with infectious diseases by taking advantage of a federal program for reduced-cost pharmaceuticals.

Under the 340B program, drug manufacturers are required to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly-reduced prices. The program also enables covered entities to better leverage scarce federal resources, reach the optimum number of eligible patients and provide comprehensive services.

During the two-year period ending in fiscal year 2016-17, the program will yield a savings of approximately $4.2 million for the Commonwealth. Over five years, the projected savings are expected to total more than $21.6 million.

The program is currently serving more than 600 inmates diagnosed with infectious diseases with the expectation that more will be served in the future.

With 40 percent of DOC reentrants returning to the Philadelphia region, this local program ensures that they have an established patient status with a practitioner in the area and therefore provides continuity of care upon reintegration into the community.

The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services. The goal of the office is to exceed $500 million in savings by 2020.  GO-TIME has saved over $156 million in the 15-16 fiscal year.

To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.

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