Medicare Prescription Drug Card Training Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are trainings offered and how do I access them?

A: Go to the Schedule , click on the date that you are interested in and you will prompted to register for that day’s workshop conference call. You only need to register for one workshop call.

Download the curriculum and the materials you will need to apply for continuing education credit, as well as all the handouts.

Q: How long is each training session? Are there reading materials?

A: The workshop conference call is approximately ninety minutes. We will use a Presentation, which you should download before the workshop. All supporting materials will be available for you to download online with the curriculum .

Q: What is the expectation of VNAs that are trained as trainers?

A: Simply put, to use this knowledge to train your staff. VNAA’s goal is to enable each VNA to conduct in-house training sessions for clinicians who are likely to be inundated with patient questions. After your Train the Trainer workshop call, you should have the background and materials to train most of your clinical staff and social workers and anyone at your agency who regularly handles patient questions about government benefits.

As an added incentive to train your staff, VNAA will provide CE’s to any nurse who participates in the training. We will provide Presentations, handouts and speaker notes to assist you in your in-house training session.

Q: How do I call into the session?

A: You will receive a confirmation of your registration immediately after registering on line. Separately, a call-in number will be emailed to you at least one week before the teleconference.

Q: Can I receive CE’s for participating in the Train the Trainer program? If so, how? What do I need to do to give CE’s to nurses that we train in-house?

A: Click on the “CE Tool Kit” and you will find instructions, details and forms.

Questions and Answers:Train the Trainer, June 30th

Q: You mentioned that some drug companies would be offering additional assistance to people who qualify for the $600 credit once their $600 credit is depleted. How will that work?

A: Some drug companies will offer additional discounts or a flat fee per month for their prescription drugs once the $600 credit is depleted. The assistance provided will vary by drug card sponsor. A person should check with their physician, drug store or drug card sponsor regarding these discounts.

Q: If a person who is eligible for Medicare continues to work and has group insurance from his employer, is he/she still eligible for the a Medicare Rx Card?

A: Yes, any individual enrolled in Medicare Part A or B may be eligible for a Medicare Rx Card even if he/she has prescription drug coverage from an employer plan, unless the plan is a Medicare managed care plan with its own drug discount card or drug coverage. In addition, if the person is enrolled in Medicaid, he or she may not be eligible for a Medicare Rx Card.

Q: Is Assisted Living considered long-term care under the Medicare Rx Card program?

A: No, not under this program.

Q: If we provide infusion drugs in a home care setting, is there a way for us to offer discounts to our patients under the Medicare Rx Card program?

A: Contact the drug card pharmacy networks in your area to see if you can participate.

Q: Will VNAA keep its website up-to-date as new information is released about the Medicare Rx Cards?

A: Yes, the site and all links provided will be maintained to provide updated information as it is released.

Q: If a patient has 4-5 medications that are manufactured by different companies, how does that work?

A: One discount card may cover drugs from more than one company. For example, Eli Lilly drugs will not be limited to one Medicare drug card. Many, if not all, drug cards will offer and/or discount prescription drugs from several drug manufacturers. When choosing a card, you need to be sure that all or most of the medications taken by the patient are offered and discounted by the card sponsor.

If you have Further questions, please email Jean Ellis at [email protected]

Sponsored by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.

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