Medicaid MCOs Often Deny Prior Authorization Requests, OIG Report Says

Medicaid managed care organizations denied one out of every eight prior authorization requests in 2019, according to a recent report by the HHS Office of Inspector General. Among the 115 MCOs reviewed, 12 MCOs that covered about 2.7 million enrollees had denial rates higher than 25%.

The report studied seven MCO parent companies with the greatest number of Medicaid enrollees across 37 states. Molina Healthcare, Inc. had the highest overall prior authorization denial rate at 17.7%, with seven of its 12 MCOs seeing denial rates greater than 25%.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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