March 29, 2023
Payers | Tea Leaves
  • UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, is expected to announce plans today to reduce the number of prior authorization requirements for a list of medical procedures and devices. The insurer also said it would eliminate, starting next year, many prior-authorization requirements for so-called gold-card doctors and hospitals whose requests it nearly always approves. And it aims to automate and speed up prior authorization, though that will likely take a few years. Prior authorization paperwork is a common complaint of doctors and patients, and other top insurers like Cigna Group and CVS Health Corp.’s Aetna are also considering ways to reduce or simplify the process. (Article here)