Need a mortgage approved to buy a $400,000 house in less than an hour or specialty pet food delivered to your door by tomorrow? No problem. Need your patient to switch from warfarin (Coumadin) to enoxaparin (Lovenox) because they have surgery in 3 days? Sorry, there's no way the prior authorization will be approved in time.
Physicians continue to wonder how we can live in a world where so many transactions are handled quickly with technology, yet decisions that affect patient health can take so long to be approved even when there is only 1 clear treatment option.
Why is prior authorization so difficult?
The lack of a unified...