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Medicare Outreach . University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. University of California, Berkeley Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Who are we and why are we here!?. • University of th e Pacific student pharmacists • Medicare Part D elective course

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medicare outreach

Medicare Outreach

University of the Pacific

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

who are we and why are we here
Who are we and why are we here!?

• University of the Pacific student pharmacists

• Medicare Part D elective course

• Outreach to our community

• We want you!

what is medicare
What is Medicare?
  • Medicare is a complex federal health insurance that covers over 50 million Americans
    • Seniors (age 65 and older)
    • Permanently Disabled
    • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • Exposed to Environmental Health Hazards
parts of medicare
Parts of Medicare
  • Part A
    • Inpatient Care (Hospital Services)
  • Part B
    • Outpatient Care (Doctor's visits and clinics)
  • Part C
    • "Medicare Advantage"
    • Offered by private plans (HMOs, PPOs)
    • Combination of Part A, B, and D
  • Part D
    • Prescription Drug Coverage
medicare part d
Medicare Part D
  • Prescriptiondrug coverage is part of the Medicare benefit and provided through Part D
  • Many aspects of Part D change each year, and this is where we come into play!
  • We assist Medicare Beneficiaries in optimizing their Part D plan and thereby minimizing out-of-pocket costs through targeted assistance.
  • And we are here to serve communities across Northern/Central California….including YOURS!
how can we help patient with part d
Howcan we help patient with Part D?
  • Medicare Plan Finder Tool
    • Evaluate all of the available Medicare Part D Plans based on a beneficiary’s medications and personal preferences (e.g., pharmacy)
  • Save them $$$ on their prescription medication costs
    • 9 of 10 can potentially save $
    • On average, ~$700/person annually
how can we help patients with their medications medication therapy management mtm services
Howcan we help patients with their medications?Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services
  • Comprehensive Medication Reviews
    • Drug-Drug Interactions
    • Therapeutic duplication
    • Side effects
    • Adherence
    • And so much more…
  • Personalized Medication Record
  • Education
  • Prescriber follow up
what other service do we provide disease state screenings testing
What other service do we provide?Disease State Screenings/Testing
  • Vaccine Administration (flu, pneumococcal and Tdap)
  • Asthma and COPD testing
  • Bone Density testing
  • Anemia Screening
  • Falls Risk Assessment
  • Blood Pressure Testing
  • Body Fat Measurement
  • Cholesterol Testing
  • Diabetes Testing
  • Memory Decline Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • And more…
our medicare part d program accomplishments
Our Medicare Part D Program Accomplishments

In the past 6 years:

  • 62outreach events in 15 different cities in California
  • Assisted 2,215beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D plan
  • Helped 600(27.1%) beneficiaries in their native languages
  • Served 742 (33.5%) low-income beneficiaries
    • (e.g., Medi-Cal or Low-Income Subsidy Recipients)
  • Medicare elective pharmacy students have donated 6,048 hours of their time to help beneficiaries better understand their Part D plan and medications
cumulative result of our efforts
Cumulative Result of Our Efforts

Total estimated out-of-pocket savings on Part D drug costs as a result of student pharmacist interventions=$1,579,429

Severe medication related issues identified in 238 (16.6%) patients provided MTM services

In 2012, prescribers accepted our recommendations for 46 (74.2%) patients in whom severe medication related issues were identified

so how can you become involved
So, how can you become involved?
  • Shadow student pharmacists working under pharmacist supervision
  • Serve as Interpreters
    • Mandarin Cantonese Spanish
    • Russian Vietnamese Tagalog
    • Sign Language
  • Spread the word about our events in your local community!
      • Flyers, senior homes, senior centers, ….invite seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries who can benefit!
ed roberts campus uc berkeley
Ed Roberts Campus (UC Berkeley)
  • Ed Roberts Campus
  • 3075 Adeline Street
  • Berkeley, CA 94703
  • Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • 10:00am to 6:00pm
    • Minimum 2 hour time slots
  • Other events available!
ed roberts campus uc berkeley1
Ed Roberts Campus (UC Berkeley)

New event!!

International leader & educator in the independent living and disability rights movement.

First student with significant disabilities to attend UC Berkeley.

how to get involved and participate at our medicare outreach events
How to get involved and participate at our Medicare outreach events
  • Deadline to Sign-Up: Friday, 9/20/2013 @ 11:59pm
    • Please sign up with one of us (Michael or Ally)
      • We will need to know the following:
        • Full name
        • E-mail address
        • Phone #
        • University/School you are currently attending
        • Can you help with translation?
        • Event(s) you are interested in attending
    • Once notified that you have been chosen to participate you will need to complete the following (which will be provided to you):
      • HIPAA Training
      • Volunteer Form
      • Student Conduct Contract
contact information
Contact Information

Michael Cheung

Ally (I-Hsuan) Hsu

I want to help more people, learn how to provide the best patient care, and obtain invaluable experiences from my involvement with the Medicare class.

I am looking forward to serving the Medicare beneficiaries that require help in choosing the best plan for themselves, especially those who need help in a language other than English.

Pictures taken from The Donut Hole vol. 2, 2013