Majority of States Are Developing Prior Authorization Reforms

The American Medical Association (AMA) reported in May that a majority of states are developing legislation to address the pervasive use of Prior Authorization by Health Care insurance carriers. According to the article, nearly 90 prior-authorization reform bills have been considered this legislative session in 30 states (including Arkansas, California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Washington State), and more than a dozen are still on the table for potential passage.

Many of the bills propose prior-authorization reforms to:

AMA surveys have found that more than 90% of physicians report delays in care because of prior authorization, resulting in negative impacts on patient outcomes. Even more alarmingly, the same survey found that 33% of physicians report that patients have suffered serious adverse events as a result of delays or abandoned care.

To read the full article, see here.

To read the AMA survey see here: AMA Prior Authorization survey

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