ACC Leadership Tackles Prior Authorization

For years, prior authorization has impeded patient access and burdened cardiovascular practice management. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC, chair of the Board of Governors, and Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Membership Committee, recently co-authored a piece in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology breaking down prior authorization burdens and offering action items for reducing physician pressure. “This is one piece in the puzzle to find an answer to prior authorization challenges. However, to be successful on a larger scale for the entire medical community, insurers, physicians, care team members, practice administrators, and lawmakers need to work together to find a solution that ultimately saves time, saves money, and—most importantly—saves lives,” write Wilson and Shor. Read the full article here. The ACC has developed a Prior Authorization Reporting Tool (PARTool) to help your practice with data collection and support the ACC’s efforts at the state and national level to address prior authorization issues. With this data, the ACC hopes persuade payers and state insurance commissioners to minimize, or even eliminate, some of their prior authorization requirements. Access your ACC’s PARTool here. Go to ACC.org/PARTool to learn more.