Nearly 1 in 5 consumers with health insurance report that their insurer delayed or denied care in the past year because of prior authorization requirements. Prior authorization is a process in which insurers require patients to obtain approval before covering certain services. Insurers argue that this is a means of saving costs by limiting unnecessary and ineffective care. However, it has come under scrutiny for creating barriers to patient care and adding paperwork for providers.

In recent years, there have been efforts to reform the prior authorization process and make it more efficient and effective. On February 22 at noon ET, a panel of experts will discuss the future of prior authorization requirements in healthcare. Panelists will address the rationale for using prior authorization, the impact on patients and providers, and how the new regulations may change current practice. They will also consider the potential for future regulatory or legislative action to address ongoing concerns.

The moderator of this event is Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at KFF. Panelists include Troyen Brennan, MD, Fumiko Chino, MD, Anna Schwamline Howard, and Kay Pestein. KFF’s virtual Health Wonk Shop series offers in-depth policy discussions with experts beyond the news headlines. This event is sure to be informative and engaging for anyone interested in healthcare policy and its impact on patients and providers alike.

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