I work at a urology practice. When I started here the only procedures requiring prior authorizations were surgeries. Now medications, radiology, and in-office procedures require prior authorization or you do not get paid. Often new prior authorization requirements are buried deep within some emailed network bulletin. Insurers are famous for changing prior authorization requirements. They just started requiring us to request prior authorizations on all chemo medications injected or infused through a portal. The questions are often confusing and time consuming even to the physicians. We have had patients that have had to put off certain treatments because it takes so long to get a prior authorization back or the hoops we have to jump through are increasingly tedious.

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Have you ever gone to the pharmacy to fill a prescription only to be told that your insurance company requires approval before they'll cover your treatment? Have you ever waited for days, weeks, or months for a test or medical procedure to be scheduled because authorization from an insurer? Or are you a physician frustrated with the administrative headaches and their impact on your patient?

Prior authorization is a burden on patients and physicians alike. The process is confusing, time consuming, and — most importantly — can cause delays in patients receiving the care they need.

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