ACC Urges Passage of Prior Authorization Reform Legislation

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WASHINGTON (Jun 12, 2024) -

The American College of Cardiology has released a statement in support of the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 8702/S. 4518), reintroduced today in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

"The American College of Cardiology has long supported theImproving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Actas a means to streamline and modernize the prior authorization process in Medicare Advantage by mandating E-prior authorization and implementing transparency rules. Prior authorization is regularly identified as a key source of burnout for health care workers as it is often an unnecessary, time-consuming process that ultimately causes avoidable delays in patient care," said ACC President Cathleen Biga, MSN, FACC. "All patients, especially those who are older and most at risk, deserve timely access to the care they need. We must trust our clinicians to deliver the right care at the right time for the right patient. The ACC urges the passage of this legislation and will continue working with Congress to underscore the importance of additional prior authorization reforms, including real-time decision-making."

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