Never have I encountered a reasonable situation where filling out a prior authorization was important either for the patient or myself. It can delay important medications after a discharge if a PA need is not known prior to discharge and delays therapy. It is a process that could be applied after the fact if there was cost saving concerns rather than delay potential therapy. Absolutely ridiculous, inefficient, and benefits neither the patient or physician and has the potential to do more harm than intended benefit of potential cost-savings for the insurance industry!

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