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Ask Congress to Remove a Barrier to Timely Access to Care

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Ask Congress to Remove A Barrier to Timely Access to Care

 

 

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) has endorsed bipartisan legislation pending in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would address one of the most administratively burdensome and costly issues for physicians — prior authorization.

 

The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act  (H.R. 3173 / S. 3018) increases transparency and streamlines prior authorization in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program by:

 

•  Establishing an electronic prior authorization (ePA) program and requiring MA plans to adopt ePA capabilities;

•   Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a list of items and services eligible for real-time decisions under an MA ePA program;

•  Standardizing and streamlining the prior authorization process for routinely approved items and services;

•  Ensuring prior authorization requests are reviewed by qualified medical personnel;

•  Increasing transparency around MA prior authorization and its use; and

•  Protecting beneficiaries from any disruptions in care due to prior authorization requirements as they transition between MA plans.

 

Lawmakers need to hear from you, their constituents, about why the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act is important to you and your patients.

 

Take a moment today to email to your members of Congress and ask for their cosponsorship of this legislation. 

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