There will be some type of healthcare reform. At this time, no one is quite sure exactly how it will pan out. But there is one thing that will not change. That is prior authorization for advanced imaging. No matter what, medical providers will still have to justify why the test is needed.
Health care is cost driven. In order to control the costs of advanced imaging, the need for the test must be documented. The prior authorization process itself may change. The American College of Radiology is pushing to cut out the middle man (radiology benefit managers). They are recommending Electronic Decision Support(EDS), an online software program that determines appropriateness. This program will allow medical providers to input the clinical information which will automatically rate the appropriateness of the test being requested. It may also suggest an alternative test. If the medical provider does not accept the recommended test, they will be required to have a peer-to-peer discussion or talk with an onsite radiologist.
What will not change in this process is the fact that medical staff must still input the correct information. Even one small error can send a case for further medical review or if using the EDS system, spit out an inappropriate rating, causing delay.That is where my training program can help. I can teach medical office staff how to provide accurate clinical, avoid the most common mistakes and make the most of their time doing prior authorizations. Contact me for a free consultation on how I can help you today!