AMA: Prior Authorization and Patient Harm?

By Staff Reporters

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Prior Authorization and Patient Harm

 •  34% of physicians report that PA has led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care.
 •  24% of physicians report that PA has led to a patient’s hospitalization.
 •  18% of physicians report that PA has led to a life-threatening event or required intervention to prevent  permanent impairment or damage.
 •  8% of physicians report that PA has led to a patient’s disability/permanent bodily damage, congenital anomaly/birth defect or death.

Source: AMA, “2021 AMA prior authorization (PA) physician survey,” February 2022

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