Self-administered drugs are medications that you take yourself, such as medications that you fill at the pharmacy. Medications you receive from a doctor office or facility, such as chemotherapy, would not be considered self-administered.
Whether you have an inpatient or outpatient hospital visit, many hospitals will not allow you to bring in your own medications. In this situation, the hospital pharmacy will provide you with any maintenance medications you may need. You will most likely be billed for the cost of these medications.
Learn more about Inpatient vs Outpatient hospital visits.
Most in-hospital pharmacies are not contracted to bill Medicare drug plans. Since these hospital pharmacies will not submit the claims to your insurance company, they will bill you instead for the cost of your self-administered drugs. Depending on what medications you have to take, this can be expensive!
Please reach out to us with any questions about self-administered drugs, especially if you have received a suspicious bill. We are available at 877.222.1942 or email@example.com.
If you are not a RetireMed client yet and have questions about these drugs or about Medicare, please contact us at 855.465.2773 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on your Medicare journey.