AMA Survey Outlines Issues with Prior Authorizations
Experienced in performing orofacial plastic surgery and general otolaryngology services, Dr. Frank Brettschneider serves as the president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC, in Michigan. Active in a number of professional organizations, Dr. Frank Brettschneider is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA). 

According to the AMA, more than 90 percent of doctors say that the prior authorization process that most insurance carriers employ actually has a detrimental effect on patient care and outcomes. This overwhelming opinion represents a growing tide among health care providers pushing for a complete overhaul of the prior authorization practice, which has expanded in recent years to include even the most commonly prescribed medicines and treatments. 

The doctors who participated the AMA survey say that the prior authorization process can be unnecessarily lengthy, leading to treatment delays in patients who, in some instances, do not have that time to spare. Survey participants also say the paperwork involved in prior authorizations is overly cumbersome and represents a significant burden on administrative staff. That’s why the AMA and other organizations, such as the American Pharmacists Association and the Medical Group Management Association, have made overhauling the program one of their major priorities moving forward.
AMA Survey Outlines Issues with Prior Authorizations
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