From Barrier to Innovation: Examining the Future of Prior Authorization in Healthcare

The Health Wonk Shop: Prior Authorization in Health Insurance – A Tool for Cost Containment or a Barrier to Needed Care? (Virtual Event on Feb. 22)

Nearly 1 in 5 health insurance consumers have experienced delays or denials of care due to prior authorization requirements. Prior authorization is a process where insurers require patients to obtain approval before they will cover specific services. Insurers argue that this is a cost-saving tool by limiting unnecessary and ineffective care, but it is being scrutinized for creating barriers to care for patients and adding paperwork for providers.

On February 22 at noon ET, a panel of experts will discuss the future of prior authorization requirements in healthcare. The panelists will address the reasons for using prior authorization, its impact on patients and providers, and how the new regulations may change current practices. They will also consider potential future regulatory or legislative action to address ongoing concerns.

The moderator for this event is Larry Levitt, Executive Vice President for Health Policy at KFF. The panelists are Troyen Brennan, MD, Fumiko Chino, MD, Anna Schwamlein Howard, and Kaye Pestaina. KFF’s virtual Health Wonk Shop series offers in-depth policy discussions with experts beyond the news headlines.

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