By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule will help reduce the inefficiencies and burdens that prior authorization places on patients and providers. Requiring the use of open FHIR-based application programming interfaces (APIs) and other interoperability standards, as well as increased data sharing between payors and providers, will streamline what is now a manual, burdensome and costly process that can lead to delayed care and patient harm. We urge the Biden Administration to continue and build on this work.
We are disappointed, however, that the proposed rule does not place these requirements on Medicare Advantage plans and urge Congress to close this key gap by passing the bipartisan Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107).
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