ACC Joins Coalition in Support of New Prior Authorization Legislation

Contact: Katie Glenn,, 202-375-6472

Washington, DC (Jun 05, 2019) -

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2019) — American College of Cardiology President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, made the following statement on bipartisan legislation announced today that would protect patients from unreasonable prior authorization requirements that delay or deny access to care.

"Prior authorization requirements pose a significant challenge to ensuring the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. Over the last several years the ACC has been working with stakeholders across the health care environment to find solutions that improve patient care and reduce administrative burden on the clinicians who serve them. The bipartisan prior authorization legislation announced today is an important step in making sure that patient care comes first."

The American College of Cardiology is part of the Regulatory Relief Coalition, a group of eight national physician specialty organizations advocating for a reduction in Medicare program regulatory burdens to protect patients' timely access to care and allow physicians to spend more time with their patients. Read the RCC's full press release on this legislation here.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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