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Insurance companies deny medical care. And that’s wrong.

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Insurance companies deny medical care. And that’s wrong.

"Securing prior authorizations is a daily ordeal for most doctors’ offices. Doctors report that, on average, they must get insurance company approvals 41 times every week. Of the authorization requests…
October 1, 2022

Insurance companies deny medical care. And that’s wrong.

“Securing prior authorizations is a daily ordeal for most doctors’ offices. Doctors report that, on average, they must get insurance company approvals 41 times every week. Of the authorization requests that are denied, fully 73% ultimately get reversed and approved, but the delays cause many patients to abandon treatment.

More significantly, many contested prior authorization requests cause serious harm — even when they are ultimately approved. In surveys done by the American Medical Association, 24% of doctors report that delays in prior authorization have led to serious adverse events for their patients. And 16% report that such delays have led to hospitalization.”

Steve Cohen is an attorney.

He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Denying essential medical care doesn’t save money — or lives.”

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