Stanson to Help Automate Clinical Prior Authorization for Aetna

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 General News
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stanson Health, a next-generation Clinical Decision Support (CDS) and

analytics company, today announced that it will help automate the clinical prior authorization process for Aetna by integrating information from electronic health records (EHRs).

Clinical prior authorization often requires health care providers

and their staff to provide clinical and administrative information to utilization management personnel by phone, fax, or through a standalone portal.  This information is evaluated against medical necessity criteria to determine whether a patient's test or treatment will be approved.  This process can add costs to the healthcare system – it can be labor-intensive, costly, and can occasionally delay patient care.  Moreover, most of the clinical information required for an authorization determination has already been documented by providers in the EHR, yet providers and their staff often need to repeat the information because the information in the EHR is not integrated with the prior authorization process.  

This redundancy is occurring at a time of increasing health care costs and physician burnout.  A study published in Health Affairs showed that provider interactions with health plans, including prior authorization, can result in approximately $83,000 per physician per year in additional costs. Another study published in Health Affairs showed that $23 to $31 billion is spent annually on administrative functions annually, including prior authorization, in the United States.  Integrating and automating clinical prior authorization can potentially reduce administrative costs and improve the patient and provider experience. 

Aetna has selected Stanson Health, a leading clinical decision support and analytics company, to help automate clinical prior authorization using information readily available in EHRs.  This will involve integrating information in the EHR with the clinical prior authorization process, including an evaluation of discrete data elements and some free text information, for automated evaluation of medical necessity criteria.  Stanson has developed a platform to perform this work during the past 4 years, including a content management system, a cloud-based rules engine, analytics product, and natural language processing capabilities. This platform is being used by more than 300 hospitals and the health care providers affiliated with their organizations.    

Scott Weingarten, MD, Chairman of the Board of Stanson, said "Virtually all health care providers dislike the inefficiencies that accompany prior authorization today.  One day people will look back at 2017 and wonder why clinical prior authorization required a labor-intensive process outside of the provider workflow during the digital health era.  Aetna has been forward thinking and is committed to improving the member and provider experience, and to reducing administrative costs, as they work with Stanson to transform clinical prior authorization."  

About Stanson Health

Stanson Health, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is leading the way in developing next-generation Clinical Decision Support solutions. Stanson provides EHR-integrated real-time interventions optimized for use in the provider's clinical workflow. These interventions support health systems with important initiatives such as MACRA, Medicare Advantage Star, Antibiotic Stewardship, Opioid Management, PAMA, Choosing Wisely, and more. Combined with relevant analytics, Stanson solutions safely guide physician decisions toward the elimination of unnecessary or inappropriate care and help improve the quality of care. Stanson clients operate more than 300 hospitals and support more than 100,000 providers. Visit us at

CONTACT: Ryan Nellis, 612-865-7742,

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