In this two-part series, we’ll explore what a mail order pharmacy is, why you’d want to use one and how you can get started.
In our first article in this two-part series, we explored what a mail order pharmacy is and why Highmark health plan members might want to consider using one. In this article, we’ll take a hands-on look at exactly how you can get started with home prescription medication delivery.
Using the mail order prescription service included in your Highmark plan is easy. Here’s a quick summary of the steps, followed by a detailed explanation with more information, including exactly where to find the forms you’ll need to use.
Here are some more tips to help you get started. For step 2, simply ask your doctor to write a prescription for your maintenance medication for up to a 90-day supply, plus refills for up to one year, if this applies to you. It’s important to note that you may need a new prescription from your doctor to get started with a mail order, even if you have refills left at a retail pharmacy.
Next, you’ll complete the Pharmacy Mail Order Form and Health, Allergy & Medication Questionnaire. In addition to the link to these forms here on the blog, you can also download these forms (and get more information about programs available to you) by logging in to your Highmark member website and clicking on the Prescriptions tab. Scroll down to the Forms to Manage Your Plan section and you’ll see the PDF forms there. You can fill them out or ask your doctor for help.
You’ll know it’s time for a refill of your prescription by the “reorder” date on your prescription packaging. Depending on your plan’s benefits, that may be when you’re 60 to 70 percent finished with your current bottle of medication.
When it’s time to refill your prescription medication, you can order it online, by phone or by mail.
Mail order prescriptions bring the benefits of the pharmacy directly to you. Not only can you receive your medication simply and easily at home, but you also can still benefit from consulting directly with a pharmacist. It’s an easy way to manage your medications that puts control of your prescriptions back into your hands.
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