Requiring physicians to ask for preauthorization from health insurance companies harms patient care, and creates an expensive and confusing claims process, according to a national survey released by the American Medical Association.
"Intrusive managed care oversight programs that substitute corporate policy for physicians' clinical judgment can delay patient access to medically necessary care," said AMA Immediate Past President J. James Rohack, MD. "According to the AMA survey, 78% of physicians believe insurers use preauthorization requirements for an unreasonable list of tests, procedures and drugs."
The AMA said the national survey—released this week— of approximately 2,400 physicians is an attempt to quantify the burden of preauthorization mandates for a growing list of routine tests, procedures and drugs. Physicians complained that preauthorization delays or interrupts patient care, wastes time, and complicates medical decisions.
The survey found that: