Author: Zaibunnisa Begum
Prior Authorization is a process of cost control in a health plan, where the physicians or any other health care providers are required to
obtain approval in advance from the registered insurance company before delivering any specific service to the patient for medical payment coverage.
Prior Authorization is also sometimes called as Pre-Certification and
Pre- Approval. The main concept of the prior authorization process is to make sure that an individual receives access to all medical services required and for which he/she is eligible for.
When an individual holding an active health plan undergoes any services or treatment then the health care providers before delivering the services, approach the health plan and take the pre-approval or prior authorization for payment coverage so that there will be a smooth flow of billing.
Prior Authorization is mandatory in case of critical treatments to avoid any further coverage issues. It reduces the waiting time of a patient before the start of treatment. It also manages the possibility of overprescribing, and also enables hassle-free claims for all the bills.
There is a structured process for Prior Authorization, given by insurance companies from the United States of America.
Types of authorizations:
How it is beneficial for an individual?
Every individual who has an active health plan and undergoes prior authorization has different benefits like,
Is it mandatory to have medical insurance?
In the current era, looking into the high demand of medical treatments and medication and the growth of charges, it is a must for every individual to hold an active insurance plan which covers all the medical services and also covers all the uncertain situations which takes place all of the sudden.
In foreign countries like USA, it is mandatory for every individual to have a medical insurance. In India, there is no such rule that it is mandatory to hold an active insurance plan but to avoid all the uncertain situations and for hassle-free treatment and medical services it is a must to have a medical insurance policy. An individual can reduce the billing cost, and avoid all the overprescribing from commercial hospitals as the bills are to be sent for claims.
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I, Zaibunnisa Begum, student of B. Pharmacy (IV – I SEM) from Princeton College of Pharmacy declare that the above article is originally written by me and is accurate.
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