AMA announces prior authorization Consensus Statement

January 17, 2018

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced a Consensus Statement along with the American Hospital Association (AHA), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) which outlines a "shared commitment to industry-wide improvements to prior authorization processes and patient-centered care." The Consensus Statement indicates that the organizations will work to reduce the number of health care professionals subject to prior authorization requirements; regularly review the services medications requiring prior authorization, improve channels of communications, protect continuity of care for patients, and accelerate industry adoption of national electronic standards for prior authorization. The AADA has long advocated for efforts to lessen the burden of prior authorization.

 Visit the AMA's website for more information on the Consensus Statement.