Washington E-Newsletter

AMA Releases Updated Survey Results and Other Prior Auth Resources

On Feb. 10, 2022, the AMA released updated survey results on the impact of prior authorization on patients and physicians. Per the findings:

  • 93% of physicians report care delays
  • 82% percent of physicians report that prior authorization can sometimes lead to a patient abandoning treatment
  • 34% of respondents report that prior authorization has led to a serious adverse event for their patient, including hospitalization, life-threatening event, or disability
  • Practices complete 41 prior authorizations per physician per week
  • Physicians and key staff spend almost two business days each week completing prior authorization
  • 40% of physicians have staff who work exclusively on prior authorization