UnitedHealth Shares More Details About Prior Authorization Cutbacks

  • Aug 04, 2023

    Several months after UnitedHealthcare first revealed that it would eliminate “nearly 20%” of current prior authorizations, the health insurance giant has outlined which specific procedure codes will be subject to the PA-elimination effort.  

    In an Aug. 1 bulletin to health care providers, UnitedHealthcare said it will remove PA requirements from five of its benefit plans in a two-phased approach. On both Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, the insurer will eliminate PA for select sets of procedure codes in its Medicare Advantage, commercial, Oxford and individual exchange plans. The company will eliminate a swath of PA codes in its UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (for Medicaid enrollees) on Nov. 1. 

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    Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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    Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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