Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and Chula Vista participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Designated as a disproportionate share hospital (DSH), Scripps Mercy is eligible to purchase outpatient drugs at a reduced price, allowing it to stretch scarce federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a vital lifeline for safety-net providers — such as those at Scripps Mercy Hospital — who provides critical health services in our communities. The program is narrowly tailored to reach only hospitals that provide a high level of services to low-income individuals or that serve isolated rural communities. Savings from the 340B program help hospitals meet the healthcare needs of underserved patients across the country.
Scripps Mercy Hospital contributed $70,288,342 to community benefits for Fiscal Year 2020, including:
- $10,204,940 in charity care
- $12,297,580 in Medi-Cal and other means-tested government programs
- $26,192,822 in Medicare shortfall
- $3,252,959 in bad debt
- $3,658,208 in subsidized health services
We use our 340B savings to keep our costs down so we can keep our doors open. Scripps Mercy is designated a DSH hospital, providing care to a large number of patients who either lack health insurance or are covered through a government subsidy program. Our payer mix is:
• 28.9% Medicare
• 25.8% Medi-Cal
• 11.9 % commercially insured patients
• 21.5% of patients have another payment source, including self-pay, CMS, or charity care
One way Scripps Mercy is able to provide care to some of our most needy patients is through in-lieu of funds. In-lieu of funds are used for unfunded or underfunded patients and their post-discharge needs. Funds are used for board and care, skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute care and home health. In addition, funds are also used for medications, equipment and transportation services. $1,036,031 was spent on in-lieu of funds in 2020.
• 655 licensed beds
• 3,812+ employees
• San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic medical center
• Provides health care services for 25.1% of the inpatient population living within the hospital’s central service area
• 36.23 % DSH hospital