What is prior authorization? (PA) - Community Health Plan of Washington - Medicare Advantage

What is prior authorization? (PA)

Prior authorization is advanced approval of specific procedures, services, medical devices, supplies, and medications by a patient’s health plan.  Prior authorization review is the process to determine medical necessity of said services accordingly to clinical care guidelines and utilization management criteria.

Prior Authorization is required for all scheduled  (planned) inpatient admissions, and certain predetermined services, medical pharmaceuticals, surgical, diagnostic, therapy and imaging procedures.

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