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Seth’s 50 State Network Advocate Talking Points: Prior Authorization

1.      When a patient has to wait an extended period of time before beginning treatment, the patient, physician and public health suffers.

2.      The current system of prior authorization burdens the patient and physician leading to:

a.       Delayed treatment and prolonged illness

b.      Unstabilized care and the potential for permanent damage to occur

c.       Diminished physician time to meet with patients

d.      Patient frustration resulting in non-compliance and self-medicating

e.       Reduction in patient quality of life

3.        A standardized uniform system of filing prior authorization will alleviate the stresses the current process induces, allowing physicians to more promptly treat their patients, who can regain a higher standard of living.