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mHealth and Prior Authorization

mHealth and Prior Authorization

Prior Authorization can be seen as a polarizing concept in modern healthcare. While it aims to protect health insurance providers and the entire pharmaceutical industry from misguided prescriptions, it can prove time consuming and frustrating for physicians and consumers. In a 2013 study by SUNY Upstate Medical University, it was revealed that U.S. primary care physicians and their office staff have experienced significant increases in time consumption as a result of prior authorization and its associated requirements. Average annual costs for such activities were reported to be as much as $3,430.

While the process may be tedious to some, it has little to no chance of disappearing anytime soon, which means health plan providers and PBMs need to work toward a more streamlined solution. In many regards, that fix can be provided by mHealth advancements, and below are few ways how:

Prior authorization does not have to be a detriment to the U.S. healthcare system, and through the use of mHealth tools, such as dedicated prior authorization applications, PBMs, consumers and physicians can greatly reduce costs and lost time. To find out more about mHealth solutions for prior authorization, contact RxEOB today.