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Partners in D: A brief overview. A presentation for PILLS, 9.17.2009 By UCSF Partners in D 2009-2010 coordinators Lucia Huynh, Margrit Rosado, and Nancy Hung. What is Medicare?. Medicare = US government heath insurance plan for people who are: 65 and older Permanently disabled

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partners in d a brief overview

Partners in D: A brief overview

A presentation for PILLS, 9.17.2009

By UCSF Partners in D 2009-2010 coordinators Lucia Huynh, Margrit Rosado, and Nancy Hung

what is medicare
What is Medicare?
  • Medicare = US government heath insurance plan for people who are:
    • 65 and older
    • Permanently disabled
    • End-stage renal failure
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
medicare consists of three coverage subparts
Medicare consists of three coverage subparts:
  • Part A – government coverage of inpatient services (e.g. hospital care)
  • Part B – government coverage of outpatient services (e.g. doctor visits)
  • Part D – government-subsidized coverage of outpatient prescription drugs by private prescription drug plans
  • Part C – government-subsidized all-in-one coverage of Part A, B, and often D services by private plans (e.g. HMOs, PPOs, PFFSs, etc.)
history of medicare part d
History of Medicare Part D
  • Established by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA 2003)
  • Added to Medicare to provide outpatient prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients
    • Prior to Part D, no such coverage available under Medicare
  • Benefit began January 1, 2006
  • Part D is optional – beneficiaries wanting coverage must enroll and choose a prescription drug plan
medicare part d ilemma
Medicare Part D(ilemma)
  • Over 50 Part D prescription drug plans in California alone
  • Each plan offers varying coverage of different drugs, with different payment schemes
  • Finding best plan is a complex process that requires knowledge of patient’s drug regimen, income level, and current coverage
  • Plans change every year, so diligence necessary
  • Coverage gaps, enrollment penalties, and other formidable hurdles too complex to get into!
partners in d
Partners in D
  • Statewide initiative started by UCSF School of Pharmacy faculty
  • Supported by a $3.7 million grant from the Amgen Foundation over 3.5 years
  • Includes 7 schools of pharmacy in California
    • UCSF, UCSD, USC, UOP, Touro, Loma Linda, and Western
  • Specialized Part D training for student pharmacists
  • One-on-one counseling to help underserved Medicare patients get the most out of their prescription drug benefit
  • Peer-to-peer education of future prescribers
  • http://partnersind.com/
get involved with partners in d
Get involved with Partners in D

We are currently looking for translators in:

  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Other languages possible as well
requirements include
Requirements include:
  • Attending an interpreter training session
  • Three hours of volunteering at a Partners in D outreach
    • Most outreaches occur during the second half of November and first half of December
    • Most occur on weekends
    • Most are located in SF, but a couple are in Berkeley
volunteers get the chance to
Volunteers get the chance to:
  • Learn more about Medicare Part D
  • Experience one-on-one interaction with patients in an intimate setting
  • Observe student pharmacists / pharmacists in action outside a traditional pharmacy
  • Work closely with UCSF faculty members
  • Serve the community!
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