Why D.C. Council should act now to fix prior authorization

What’s the news: The AMA has joined the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) to support a bill to reform prior authorization, the health insurer-imposed approval processes for medical procedures, treatments and drugs.

In a letter sent to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health, the two physician organizations urged action on the “Prior Authorization Reform Act of 2022” as a critically needed measure to rein in bureaucratic insurance requirements that delay and disrupt patient access to necessary medical care in the nation’s capital city.

The bill would realign what has become a

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