What are self-administered drugs (SADs)?
Medicare calls any drug that a patient would normally take on their own, a “self-administered drug”. Generally, Medicare does not pay for such self-administered drugs while you are in an outpatient setting, unless the drugs are required for your outpatient service. Instead, Medicare requires that the hospital bill you for those drugs directly. However, you can then submit the bill to Medicare Part D for a refund. Valley View also provides an option for you to bring your own medications for your stay, as long as you meet the following requirements:
– Your physician must write an order stating that you can take your own home medications.
– The medications you bring from home are in their original, labeled container.
– The medications are checked in to the Valley View pharmacy for verification and kept for the nurse to administer during your stay.
For more information, please see this publication by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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