IN FOCUS: FIXING PRIOR AUTHORIZATION
The inefficient, manual prior-authorization process often relies heavily on the use of fax machines and telephone calls. Electronic prior authorization technology integrated with practices’ e-prescribing workflow can speed the process. The AMA also advocates broader fixes to prior authorization.
State medical societies looking to get their legislatures to address prior authorization (PA) don’t have to start from scratch. Legislators in Pennsylvania and other states have crafted their own bills using model legislation drafted by the AMA as a foundation. The AMA’s model bill is designed to make the PA process timelier and less opaque.