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Prior Authorization Burden Continues to Increase

Key clinical point: The use of prior authorization for prescriptions and medical services had continued to increase in recent years, despite the consequences to continuity of care.

Major finding: Half of the 1,000 practicing physicians who responded to a survey said that prior authorization for prescriptions have increased significantly over the last 5 years, and 41% said that prior authorization for medical services has done the same.

Study details: An American Medical Association survey conducted in 2018 that included 1,000 practicing physicians.


AMA Survey: Measuring progress in improving prior authorization. 2018.