The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the primary enforcer of fraud and abuse prohibitions, has issued its annual recommendations that, if implemented, will likely affect HHS programs positively in terms of cost savings, program effectiveness and efficiency, and public health and safety. This article is free to Premium subscribers.
Prior authorizations take time away from patients and interject a third party into the doctor-patient relationship. There are many frustrations with prior authorizations, but the time spent getting payer permission is a common thread among all doctors. The average practice spends more than 15 hours per week total on them. This article is free to Premium subscribers.