This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Recall how prior authorization can affect clinical outcome
2. List physician experiences with prior authorization based on the AMA survey
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality accredited continuing education activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.
The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from May 7 2018 through 07/15/2022, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
Payers of medical costs have used prior authorization (PA) for years to prevent unnecessary care and possible fraud. A survey conducted by the American Medical Association in 2018 revealed that over 90% of physicians found the practice unduly burdensome because of its negative impact on clinical outcome. 64% of physicians will wait at least one business day for prior authorization decisions and 30% will wait three business days or longer. 34% of physicians in a 2021 subsequent survey reported a PA led to a serious adverse event for a patient under their care.
Some payers require authorization for simple care such as generic medications. 30% of physicians claim PA programs are not based on evidence-based guidelines. A simple phone call can mushroom into a protracted back and forth that only delays a patient’s access to vital medical care. Physicians and their staff spend 13 hours per week on average completing PAs. e. Nearly 80% of physicians reported that patients will abandon a recommended course of care due to the preauthorization maze. In this age of health coverage contraction, patients have limited choices if they want to change health plans. Some suggestions for overhauling the authorization process include speeding up the adoption of electronic standards for prior authorization that will eliminate denials for non-clinical reasons, and employing professionals beyond physician offices who understand the language of medicine. Professional organizations have spoken out that “reducing administrative burden is a must” to not only reduce provider stress but, most importantly, improve patient outcomes.
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