Students learn the ins and outs of the Medicare Part D prescription drug programs and help hundreds of seniors each year to save thousands of dollars on their prescription drugs through Medicare Part D outreach events held througout the region during Medicare's open enrollment period.
Sixth Annual Medicare Part D Program to Visit 11 Cities in Northern California
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences annual community outreach program for Medicare beneficiaries and seniors will make stops at 11 locations in 6 different cities in Northern and Central California starting in mid-October. This is the sixth year of the program, which is organized by student pharmacists. Each event is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries save money on their Part D plan, gain a better understanding of the Part D benefit, review their medications to identify any severe medication-related issues and provide health care screening services.
Through the 50 events in 15 different California cities over the past five years, pharmacy students have assisted 1,615 Medicare beneficiaries (including 420 who spoke a language other than English), served 556 low-income beneficiaries and logged 3,660 hours of time at the events. This has resulted in savings to beneficiaries of more than $865,000 in Part D prescription drug costs (an average of $636 per person) and identification of severe medication-related issues for 181 of the patients.
Based on each patient's medication profile and personal preferences, the Part D plan with the lowest estimated annual cost is identified during the session. Students also help beneficiaries with new plan enrollment, assist them to determine if they qualify for the low-income subsidy that would further offset the cost of their medications, and share other cost-savings strategies.
Each program also includes a comprehensive evaluation of a patient's medications. The students will evaluate all of the medications that a patient is taking to determine if they are safe to take together, identify any severe medication-related issues, provide detailed medication counseling and create a personalized medication record. Moreover, if necessary, students will contact the patient's prescriber and pharmacist with specific recommendations.
Each event will also provide many other services that beneficiaries and seniors can take advantage of including: vaccinations, blood pressure testing, diabetes screening, cholesterol testing, bone density testing, and much more. All of the screening services are open to the public and FREE of charge.
For more information about the program, visit go.Pacific.edu/Medicare or call 209.946.7754.