American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Student Chapter Hosts Lecture on Medicare


Published on April 20, 2018

ASCPOn April 3, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy ASCP Student Chapter welcomed Richard G. Stefanacci, DO MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD, for a lecture about Medicare Part D in the McNeil Science and Technology Center. He reviewed the four parts of Medicare and shared the 2018 Standard Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

As an experienced practicing geriatrician, Dr. Stefanacci shared his insights from a provider perspective. He highlighted the impact that he has seen pharmacists and consultant pharmacists have when working with the geriatric population. Dr. Stefanacci spoke about the various models of delivering care, risk sharing changing over time, and the future direction of healthcare trends.

“Many of us students have encountered situations involving Medicare Part D as interns at work and we found this presentation was very useful to have a better understanding of Medicare so that we can help our patients,” said Lalitha Sukumar PharmD’19, student ASCP president. “In addition, it was interesting to hear how geriatricians collaborate with consultant pharmacists from a geriatrician himself to give us a better perspective of this area of pharmacy.”

The last speaker for the evening was Paul Caceres PharmD’12, BCGP, CCP the current Southeast Regional Director of Pennsylvania’s ASCP chapter. As a relatively recent pharmacy graduate of USciences, Dr. Caceres shared his perspectives for the students as they move through their education, begin rotations, prepare for post graduate training if going that route, and transition into their careers.

“Sharing ‘student to practitioner’ stories with upcoming pharmacists is beneficial as students are often overwhelmed by the scope of pharmacy practice,” said Laura Finn P’84, BCGP, FASCP, advisor for the group. “The students connected with Paul’s experience and left the event with lots of ideas to ponder."

The entire USciences community is invited to join student ASCP as they begin planning their upcoming 2018 campus-wide inter-professional event for Falls Prevention Awareness Day – during the first week of fall. All USciences organizations, students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Contact l.finn@usciences.edu to learn how you can be part of this event.

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