in Michigan have been working for the past year with policy makers on
legislation for the insurance companies, to work with the Health Insurance
Commissioner, to develop a single form for prior authorization.
At present most prior authorization forms ask for almost
identical information in unique formats by the 150 health insurance companies
in Michigan. Many of them cannot be submitted electronically.
Doctors and their
staff spend a lot of time sorting through thousands of pages of these forms
while trying to juggle the different submission methods of different insurance
companies for the same task.
forms add to administrative burdens and increase the patients wait times. By
creating a single, universal prior authorization form - it can allow the
physicians to focus on patients needs, without the red tape. This reform can be
a great help to both physicians and patients.
bills have come about with the cooperation and talks among physicians,
patients, insurance companies and lawmakers. They can result in better and
quicker care for patients and a simpler access to authorized prescriptions.
Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers can bring in the change.
Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)
Dr John Bizon, March 2013