The C.A.R.E.S. continuing education programs are designed for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to provide an overview of Medicare and the roles of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) with the primary goal to help pharmacists and pharmacy staff effectively and efficiently assist Medicare beneficiaries. All of our CE programs are funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and are made available to community pharmacists in Alabama at no cost. The programs are developed by Dr. Salisa Westrick, Professor and Department Head of Health Outcomes Research and Policy in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Senior Services.
Three programs are currently available for CE credit:
- C.A.R.E.S. Training (3 hour online video module CE)
- The Basics of Medicare for Pharmacy Personnel (1 hour CE article)
- Pharmacists' Role in Assisting Medicare Patients with Limited Income (1 hour CE article)
Each program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. See program details below.
Format: Online video modules 3 hour CE
- Describe the four parts of Medicare, including Medicare coverage, eligibility requirements, enrollment process and cost-sharing mechanisms
- Explain how Medicare beneficiaries sign up for or change Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
- Identify Medicare beneficiaries’ barriers to selecting a prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan
- Discuss the need to assist Medicare beneficiaries with limited income
- Identify federal and state programs available for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and their eligibility requirements
- Describe the role of the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
- Describe the ADRC programs in terms of their objectives and eligibility requirements
- Explain how pharmacists and technicians can be involved in assisting Medicare beneficiaries, especially those who have limited income
After completion of the CE program, participants will receive certificates from Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) to signify that they are Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists (C.A.R.E.S.).
This online program is convenient to busy health care providers like pharmacists, as they can complete it at their own pace.
The Basics of Medicare for Pharmacy Personnel
Format: 1 hour CE article
ACPE#: Pharmacists: 0001-0000-18-016-H04-P
ACPE#: Technicians: 0001-0000-18-016-H04-T
- Provide a general description of the Medicare Program and enrollment process
- Compare and contrast Original Medicare with Medicare Advantage
- Discuss Medicare Part D and need for yearly plan evaluation
Pharmacists Role in Assisting Medicare Patients with Limited Income
Format: 1 hour CE article
ACPE#: Pharmacists: 0001-0000-17-023-H04-P
ACPE#: Technicians: 0001-0000-17-023-H04-T
- Identify problems experienced by Medicare patients with limited income
- Provide an overview of assistance programs for Medicare patients with limited income
- Describe the role and responsibilities of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)