AMA survey: Prior authorization’s effects 'getting worse'
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released the results of the ‘2018 AMA Prior Authorization (PA) Physician Survey,’ which was completed by about 1,000 practicing physicians in the U.S.
AMA reports that, “More than nine in 10 respondents said PA had a significant or somewhat negative clinical impact, with 28 percent reporting that prior authorization had led to a serious adverse event such as a death, hospitalization, disability or permanent bodily damage, or other life-threatening event for a patient in their care.”
AMA also notes that, “The vast majority of physicians (86 percent) described the administrative burden associated with prior authorization as ‘high or extremely high,’ and 88 percent said the burden has gone up in the last five years.”
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