In the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2018 Annual Member survey, radiation oncologists — physicians who treat cancer patients using radiation — named prior authorization as the greatest challenge facing the field. To determine the extent of the burden on patients treated by these physicians, ASTRO launched an additional nationwide survey of radiation oncologists in late 2018. Findings make clear that restrictive prior authorization practices cause unnecessary delays and interference in care decisions for cancer patients.
ASTRO is currently conducting a survey to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prior authorization. Results are expected in Fall 2020.
In September 2019, then-ASTRO Chair Paul Harari, MD, FASTRO, discussed how prior authorization increasingly restricts physicians from exercising their clinical judgment in determining what is in the best interest of their patients during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business hearing on “Utilization Management: Barriers to Care and Burdens on Small Medical Practice.” Watch the recording of the hearing.
Leaders from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) discussed restrictive prior authorization practices and the unnecessary burden they cause for cancer patients during an online press briefing in April 2019.
News Release and Executive Summary: ASTRO Prior Authorization Survey Results (2019)
Physician testimonials on cancer patient burden from prior authorization
Slide deck from the press briefing (contact us for high-resolution images or a transcript)
Blog Post: Denial by Delay
Media Advisory: Prior Authorization Obstacles in Cancer Patient Care briefing features leaders of physician and survivor groups
Consensus statement from leading physician and payer organizations
Contacts and Social Media
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