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.

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Community Engagement

Sixth Annual Medicare Part D Program to Visit 11 Cities in Northern California

Sep 5, 2012

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.

 

Medicare Part D recipients are asked to bring their red, white and blue Medicare card, all their prescription medications, and (if they attended one of the events last year) their Pacific Healthcare Passport. If the passport has been lost, a new one can be issued at the event. Appointments are highly encouraged and recommended for those needing a full analysis of the Medicare Part D plan and a medication review. Call the number listed under the event that will be attended to make the appointment.

EVENTS CALENDAR

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Location: Jene Wah
  238 East Church Street
   Stockton, CA 95203
Phone: (209) 463-7654                     

Date: Sunday, October 21
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Location: University of the Pacific
   3601 Pacific Ave., DeRosa University Center
   Stockton, CA 95211 
Phone: 209.946.7658

Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 1 pm - 7 pm
Location: Hutchins Street Square
  125 South Hutchins Street, Kirst Hall  
   Lodi, CA 95240
Phone: 209.369.6921

Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm
Location: Casa de Modesto
  1745 Eldena Way
   Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: 209.529.4950

Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
LocationSierra Vista
   2436 Belleview Street
   Stockton, CA 95206
Phone: 209.460.5051

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm
Location: Northeast Community Center

   2885 E. Harding Way
   Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: 209.468.3918

Date: Sunday, November 4
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Location: O'Connor Woods
   3400 Wagner Heights Road
   Stockton, CA 95209
Phone: 209.956.3400

Date: Sunday, November 11
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Seven Trees Community Center

   3590 Cas Drive
   San Jose, CA 95111
Phone: 209.946.7729

Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm
Location: LOEL Center and Gardens
  105 South Washington St.
   Lodi, CA 95240
Phone: 209.369.1591

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Location: Lytton Gardens Senior Communities

   656 Lytton Avenue, Dining Room
   Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.617.7313

Date: Sunday, November 18
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church
   8181 Florin Road
   Sacramento, CA 95828
Phone: 209.965.7343


 


 
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