UnitedHealthcare gold card could cut 10% of prior authorization volumes, CEO says

UnitedHealthcare's plans to implement a gold-card program in 2024 might cut another 10 percent of its prior authorization volumes on top of a 20 percent reduction that will roll out this summer, UnitedHealthcare CEO Brian Thompson said during UnitedHealth Group's April 14 earnings call, which was transcribed by Seeking Alpha.

The payer plans to implement the national gold-card program in early 2024 for care provider groups that meet eligibility requirements, according to a March 29 company news release. The gold-card status applies for most UnitedHealthcare members across commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid. 

Qualifying care provider groups "will follow a simple notification process for most procedure codes rather than the prior authorization process," according to the release. 

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