Going Digital Won't Fully Fix Prior Authorizations, Say Medical Groups
Before working to create standards for electronic prior authorization, the entire process itself needs some work. That was the message from groups representing physicians, medical practices, and hospitals in response to a request for input from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In January, ONC requested public feedback on how making the process for insurer approvals digital can "ease the burden of prior authorization tasks on patients, providers, and payers."
@atharva According to a study conducted by America's Health Insurance Plans, 71% of providers who implemented electronic prior authorization experienced "faster time to patient care." The organization, which represents many of the nation's health insurers, also reported that electronic prior authorization reduced the time it took to receive a decision by a health plan by 69%.