Medical group seeks to halt new UnitedHealthcare prior authorization requirements

The American Gastroenterological Association is asking its members to contact UnitedHealthcare to stop new prior authorization requirements from going into effect. 

Starting June 1, UnitedHealthcare is implementing new prior authorization requirements for several GI endoscopy procedures, according to a March 21 post on the AGA's website. 

The AGA argues the "burdensome" new requirements will cause care delays for high-risk patients, deter patients from undergoing medically recommended procedures, exacerbate existing sociodemographic disparities in care and outcomes, and add unnecessary paperwork burden to physicians.

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