History of Commitment
Since 2007, University of the Pacific student pharmacists have been able to accomplish the following:
- Total number of Medicare beneficiaries that have been assisted: 1615
- Number (%) of assisted low-income beneficiaries (LIS or Medicaid): 556 (34.4%)
- Number (%) of beneficiaries assisted in a language other than English: 420 (26.0%)
- Number of outreach events that were held: 50
- Number of different cities in which outreach events were held: 15
- Number of students who were trained and performed community outreach: 139
- Total number of volunteer outreach hours completed by trained students: 3661.5 (average of 26.3 hours/student)
- Estimated beneficiary out-of-pocket savings as a result of student interventions: $865,927
In 2011, we expanded the services provided to Medicare beneficiaries at outreach events to include comprehensive medication therapy management and administration of the flu vaccine. During this year students assisted 540 Medicare beneficiaries during 13 outreach events. Collectively, students:
- Assisted 116 (21%) beneficiaries in a language other than English.
- Common languages accommodated: Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Hindi.
- Assisted 166 (31%) low-income beneficiaries.
- Enrolled 199 beneficiaries into a new Medicare Part D plan onsite during an outreach event.
- Identified severe medication-related issues in 148 (27.4%) beneficiaries receiving MTM services.
- The prescriber was contacted for 103 (21.5%) patients that were assisted with MTM services due to suggested severe medication related issues that were identified with specific recommendations about prescribed therapy.
- 429 many individuals were vaccinated with one of the following vaccines: flu, pneumococcal, or shingles.