When Prior Approvals Are "A Game of Chicken"

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Mark E. Thompson, MD
Mark E. Thompson, MD
Torrie K. Fields, MPH, sees it happen all too often: A provider requests prior authorization (PA) for a treatment and the request is denied, or a request for more documentation sets off another round of delay. In the meantime, a patient who is running out of time is left in the middle of what is essentially a “game of chicken,” Fields said.

 

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