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More medical services now require prior authorizations, according to physicians

January 28, 2020

Fierce Healthcare LogoIn a recent survey, 84% of providers reported the number of medical services that require prior authorization has increased. And 62% of providers reported that they do not have the technology to evaluate whether a prior authorization is required for a medical service, diagnostic test or medication without initiating a prior authorization request, according to a survey by the nonprofit WEDI.

The survey highlighted technology limitations, increased prior authorization requirements and the desire for mandated standards, said Jay Eisenstock, chair of the WEDI board of directors, who presented the results during testimony late last year before the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.

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