University of Florida College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Clinical Professor Robert Navarro announced his role in helping write the second edition of the “Medication Therapy Management” textbook in Access Pharmacy.
Dr. Navarro penned the first chapter, titled “Introduction to Medicare and Medicaid.”
Some of the key points of the chapter listed on Access Pharmacy include:
- Medicare and Medicaid are two of the three largest medical insurance programs in the United States, with each program comprising approximately 60 million enrollees. The largest health insurance programs are employer group insurance programs (commercial), with about 150 million members.
- Medicare and Medicaid have unique roles and influence in U.S. healthcare financing and delivery. Both are government programs, and thus quite complex, with arcane, changing policies, regulations, and procedures.
- Medicare and Medicaid are heavily monitored for quality and cost outcomes, and both may impose significant financial penalties if providers or participating private insurers violate required compliance policies.
Dr. Navarro also serves as the clinical professor and Managed Care Pharmacy Systems track director in UF’s Online Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (POP).
The POP program offers working professionals in the U.S. an opportunity to bolster their education in non-dispensing areas of pharmacy “with minimal disruption to their schedules,” according to UF’s website.
To read Dr. Navarro’s chapter in the textbook on Access Pharmacy, click here.