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SIS Supports House Bill to Protect Patients from Delayed Care by Streamlining Prior Authorization

Monday, September 16, 2019  
On September 9, 2019, the Spine Intervention Society joined the AMA and 367 other health care stakeholder organizations in submitting a letter of support in favor of the bipartisan legislation Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107), introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA). This legislation would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program.

The legislation would facilitate electronic prior authorization, improve transparency for beneficiaries and providers, and increase the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) oversight of Medicare Advantage programs’ use of prior authorization.

Click here for more information about prior authorization.

SIS is able to participate in advocacy efforts organized by the American Medical Association due to SIS members who maintain their own membership in the AMA. Help SIS maintain its seat at this important table by keeping your AMA membership current.

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