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Medical Economics® Highlights Annual Physician Report: Prior Authorizations Are a Waste of Time
[June 12, 2019]

Medical Economics® Highlights Annual Physician Report: Prior Authorizations Are a Waste of Time

Medical Economics®, a multimedia platform that provides resources for physicians that include practice management, health technology and expert voices, highlights results from its 90th annual "Physician Report," which reveals practices are spending an excessive number of hours on prior authorizations.

"Prior authorizations take time away from patients and interject a third party into the doctor-patient relationship," said Tom Ehardt, president of MultiMedia Healthcare, LLC. "Our annual physician report shows that frustration with prior authorizations is a common thread among all doctors."

The results show that the average practice spends more than 15 hours per week total on prior authorizations. Forty percent of survey respondents claimed that their biggest frustration with prior authorizations s the time spent on them, while 33% said the biggest frustration is the feeling as though the payer is telling physicians and staff how to do their jobs and provide for patients.

Data was collected during November 2018. The margin of error is 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For the survey results, go to

About Medical Economics®

Medical Economics® is a digital and print multimedia platform that provides physicians with expert advice, shared experiences, tools and resources to succeed in today's practice environment. As the highest-ranked practice management publication in the market, Medical Economics® covers topics including primary care, the business of medicine, health information technology and more. Medical Economics® is part of MultiMedia Healthcare, LLC.

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