Providers, but Not Payers, Back MA Prior Authorization Bill

A recently reintroduced bipartisan bill would push health insurers to make “real-time” prior authorization determinations for Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and co-sponsored by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ami Bera (D-Calif.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), incorporates feedback from both payer and provider stakeholder groups.

“When seniors need critical medical care, doctors and other health care providers should be spending their time working with patients instead of going back and forth on requests that should be electronic, standardized, and eventually automated,” said DelBene in a May 13 press release. “The majority of the health care community agrees that prior authorization needs to be reformed. This bipartisan legislation creates sensible rules for the road and will offer transparency and oversight to the prior authorization process.”

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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