Becker's Healthcare January 26, 2022
Patsy Newitt

Eighty-one percent of medical groups have seen an increase in prior authorization requirements since 2020, according to a poll conducted by the Medical Group Management Association in May.

Eleven updates on prior authorizations from the last year:

1. This month, CMS removed a type of corrective lid surgery from the hospital outpatient department prior authorization list. 

2. In October, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons voiced support for a Senate bill addressing prior authorizations for some patients.

3. In October, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul suspended prior authorization requirements for 30 days in an executive order to address staffing challenges in the state. 

4. In October, Humana and Boston-based Cohere Health expanded their partnership enabling a digitized prior authorization process nationwide. 

5. In September,...

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