NCQA Applauds New Prior Authorization Regulation

Digitalizing prior authorization is an opportunity to improve both patient and provider experience.

January 18, 2024

Statement attributed to:
Eric Musser, NCQA Assistant Vice President, Federal Affairs

“NCQA applauds Final Rule CMS-0057-F issued today. NCQA recognizes the role of prior authorization in decreasing unnecessary patient procedures and health care expenditures. While there are benefits, prior authorization can be a source of administrative burden on providers, interrupt physician workflows and negatively impact patient experience and access. Current prior authorization policies are based on administrative data and guidelines, and there is broad desire to align them more closely with clinical best practices and treatment guidelines. We believe that digitalizing prior authorization—much like the move to digital quality measures—can offer an opportunity to improve both patient and provider experience.”


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