AMA Pushes for Federal Intervention to Reform Prior Authorization

Source: FierceHealthcare

Docs say health plans have made little progress toward streamlining prior authorization—despite pledging to do so 2 years ago, according to a FierceHealthcare report.

Because payers are dragging their feet, federal lawmakers should step in and force change, the American Medical Association (AMA) said in a statement.

“Almost two and a half years after our consensus statement, the sad fact is little progress has been made toward the reform goals,” said AMA President Susan Bailey, MD. “The health insurance industry’s failure to achieve agreed-upon improvements illustrates a clear need for legislation … to rein in prior authorization practices that adversely affect patient health.”

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