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JHM Outpatient Medication Assistance Program (OMAP)

Note: The information on this site is intended for Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient clinics and the offices of the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.


Overview of OMAP

The Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) Policy on Interaction with Industry provides for a ban on the acceptance of pharmaceutical samples and vouchers. When this ban was implemented in 2011, JHM also created the Outpatient Medication Assistance Program (OMAP) to meet the short term needs of uninsured clinic patients who had previously relied on industry samples for their medications.

OMAP provides up to a 30-day supply of selected medications serving as a bridge while the patient transitions to other sustainable prescription coverage. OMAP is clinic-based and JHM outpatient clinics and offices of the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) must apply to participate in the program. OMAP will only cover the medications on the approved OMAP Formulary and prescriptions must be obtained from a JHM Outpatient Pharmacy.

Important Information

  • OMAP is for uninsured patients only. Patients who have insurance, but not prescription coverage, are not eligible for OMAP.
  • OMAP does not cover insurance co-pays or co-insurances, Medicare deductibles or Medicare donut hole prescription costs.
  • OMAP covers up to a 30-day supply of the medications on the approved OMAP Formulary.
  • Prescriptions must be obtained from JHM Outpatient Pharmacies which are located at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital.
  • OMAP prescriptions may be written for no more than 30 days, and should be written for less as appropriate. Requests for additional prescriptions while the patient is working to obtain insurance coverage may be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in advance by the Office of Policy Coordination.

For participating clinics:

For those JHM outpatient clinics and JHCP offices approved to participate in OMAP, the prescriber or designated Responsible Clinic Staff member may authorize an OMAP prescription upon completion of the following steps:

  1. Verify that the patient is uninsured. Patients with insurance, but without prescription coverage, are not eligible for OMAP. In addition, OMAP does not cover insurance co-pays or co-insurances, Medicare deductibles or Medicare donut hole prescription costs.
  2. Complete the patient financial need screening form.
  3. Verify that the medication is on the approved OMAP Formulary.
  4. Use the stickers and vouchers provided and direct the patient to a JHM Outpatient Pharmacy. Outpatient Pharmacies are located at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital. For patients unable to travel to an Outpatient Pharmacy and for those clinics located more than five miles from an Outpatient Pharmacy, limited home delivery options may be available.
  5. Retain copies of each OMAP voucher issued.

Please refer to the OMAP Standard Operating Procedures for a more complete description of the OMAP process and requirements.

Medications on the OMAP Formulary:

The OMAP Formulary includes over 170 medications in various therapeutic categories.

If a clinic wishes to prescribe a medication not on the OMAP Formulary, Johns Hopkins Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are available for consultation and to discuss therapeutic alternatives that may be available on the OMAP Formulary. These specialists can also recommend other options for cost-effective, long-term prescription management. For patient-specific questions, contact Alona Crowder at awill163@jhmi.edu or 410-955-8761. For additional information, click here.

Applying to participate in OMAP:

To apply to participate in OMAP, JHM outpatient clinics and JHCP offices should contact:

Mary Ann Dunlay, in the Office of Policy Coordination
Email: mlesnia2@jhu.edu
Phone: 410-516-5560


Resources and Contacts

Contact

Mary Ann Dunlay
Email: mlesnia2@jhu.edu
Phone: 410-516-4965 or

Office of Policy Coordination
Email: policy@jhmi.edu
Phone: 410-516-5560

Please note: OMAP policies and procedures are subject to change and this site will be periodically updated.

 

Last update: August 13, 2015