I have seen patients not able to get their Depo-Provera shots in time due to need for prior authorization and patients that have to wait for PA in order to schedule their required imaging, causing at least a 1-2-week delay. This is UNNECESSARY and frustrating when you think that the patient shouldn’t need to wait that long (seeing how if they were in the ER, they wouldn't have to wait, but rather you are going to punish the patient for going to their PCP instead?? BACKWARDS!!!). These are just the 2 examples from my last week in practice...and do not get me started on the amount of time (easily hours!) my staff spends EVERY week filling out prior authorization forms for medications, some of which are merely continuations of therapy medications for patients.

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