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Medicare open enrollment is now

It’s a kind reminder that the Medicare open enrollment is now until Dec 7. Please remind your patients to look for a plan that serves their need. Today at Harrison School of Pharmacy we trained our pharmacy students how to use the new plan finder. We are now ready to help Medicare patients.

Want to learn more about Medicare Annual Wellness Visits?

Our team just published a paper that explored the existing practice models and practice opportunities surrounding pharmacist-delivered Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs), with the goal of improving patient access through advanced pharmacy-based health services. We concluded that there is great opportunity for ambulatory/community pharmacists to expand their practices to include AWV services in states that allow collaborative practice agreements. Interprofessional collaboration between physicians and pharmacists can optimize and aid adoption of pharmacist-delivered AWV services. Read this work in detail at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0897190019847793.

A new Medicare Plan Finder is launched

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. This tool allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug (Part D) plans. This new tool also integrates Medigap plans which were not available in the legacy plan finder. In addition to upgrading Medicare Plan Finder, CMS has redesigned the Medicare.gov homepage and refreshed the personalized MyMedicare.gov portal to create a more seamless, easy to navigate, personalized online experience for people with Medicare. What does this mean to Medicare beneficiaries? Beneficiaries won't be able to use Medicare number and save the search history using a Drug List ID