UnitedHealthcare is one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and its recent efforts to implement “prior authorizations” have doctor, specialists and patients concerned. Prior authorizations require an insurer’s consent before they give the go-ahead to pay for certain prescriptions, medical services, or treatments, and doctor groups are saying these policies delay care, harm patients and create unnecessary paperwork. This policy will affect UnitedHealthcare’s 26.7 million members. The insurer giant says the policy will save money for patients and protect them from unnecessary procedures.
Read the full story by Ken Alltucker for USA Today, published May 24, 2023, here:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2023/05/24/united-healthcare-preauthorization-endoscopy/70235483007/