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Washington Committee Chair Featured in Articles on Prior Authorization

Following an AANS/CNS Washington Office press releaseBecker’s Spine Review published an article on June 22, “Neurosurgeons call on CMS to finalize prior authorization rules.” The article quoted AANS/CNS Washington Committee chair Russell R. Lonser, MD, FAANS, “Our message to policymakers is simple: Our patients cannot afford to wait or jump through unnecessary hoops to get care for painful, debilitating and life-threatening neurologic conditions.” Dr. Lonser went on to state, “When finalized, these rules would remove barriers to patients’ timely access to care and allow physicians to spend more time treating patients and less time on paperwork.”

Fierce Healthcare published an article on June 22, “Legislators urge CMS to finalize prior authorization reforms — and go further.” The article highlighted that a bipartisan group of legislators from both chambers of Congress is urging the Biden administration to finalize updates to prior authorization and quoted Dr. Lonser.