[December 28, 2016]
WA ACC Letter to the Insurance Commissioner
To Mr. Jim Freeburg, Office of the insurance Commissioner
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology by Tim Dewhurst, MD, FACC President
December 28, 2016
Dear Mr. Freeburg:
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the CR – 102 proposed rule regarding pre-authorization. These comments are submitted by the Washington Chapter of the American College of Cardiology which represents over 600 cardiovascular professionals providing care in Washington State.
Our active membership includes physicians, surgeons, advanced practice clinicians, pharmacists, practice administrators and cardiovascular technicians. Our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of the residents of the state of Washington. We congratulate the office for trying to help streamline the prior authorization process. The current state law allows insurance companies to use pre-authorizations to try to control costs. However, pre-authorizations increase the costs of providing care by adding administrative work for health care providers. In addition, pre-authorizations cause delays in patient care, which are inconvenient for many patients and cause harm to some patients.
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