Becker's Healthcare June 8, 2023
Administrative burdens such as prior authorization are forcing increasing numbers of physician-owned practices to seek alternative owners, the American Hospital Association said in a June report.
An “overwhelming majority” of 94 percent of physicians say it has become more financially and administratively difficult to operate a practice independently, the AHA said. Eighty-one percent of physicians said commercial insurer policies and practices have impaired their ability to perform medical duties.
“The truth is that commercial insurer policies such as prior authorization are creating unworkable environments, forcing physicians to prioritize administrative duties over caring for patients,” the AHA said. “The result is increased burnout among physicians with no signs of stopping anytime soon.”
Commercial insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Association...