Faces of 340B
DANNY JACKSON, SYSTEM DIRECTOR OF PHARMACY, LCMC HEALTH, LA
Because of 340B savings, patients in the metropolitan New Orleans area have access to specialty care that in some cases hasn’t been available for decades.
LCMC Health is a five-hospital system based in the region, and Danny Jackson is the system’s director of pharmacy. He lists a burn center, a partnership with a coagulation and bleeding disorder center, and a bariatric program among the recently launched services that the system provides thanks to 340B. That’s in addition to the comprehensive care for cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and more that the system provides for a diverse population, more than 60 percent of whom are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid.
340B program cuts would not deter LCMC Health from providing the same high quality of care to their patients in need, Jackson says. But it could force the system to focus more on maintaining the level of specialty and sub-specialty care that it provides, rather than looking to possible areas of care expansion that would benefit the New Orleans region.