UnitedHealthcare's commercial plan prior authorization cuts by category

UnitedHealthcare is cutting 20 percent of its prior authorizations in two waves. The first cuts take effect Sept. 1 and the second phase goes into effect Nov. 1. 

Here are the number of cuts UnitedHealthcare is making to its commercial plan prior authorization requirements, broken down by category. See the individual codes being eliminated here.  

 Effective Sept. 1

 Durable medical equipment/orthotics/prosthetics: 6


 Spine surgery: 4

 Genetic testing: 220

 Breast reconstruction (non-mastectomy): 1

 Site of service: 107

 Effective Nov. 1 

 Cardiology: 2

 Radiology: 66

 Unclassified: 1

Outpatient therapies: 53

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