AdvaMed Responds to HHS Office of the National Coordinator Request for Information on Electronic Prior Authorization Standards
On March 25, AdvaMed submitted a response to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Request for Information (RFI) on electronic prior authorization standards. In this RFI, ONC requested input from stakeholders on how the ONC Health IT Certification Program could incorporate standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria to advance electronic prior authorization and reduce provider burden. AdvaMed’s response requested ONC provide a mechanism for ensuring third parties, such as medical device manufacturers, access to prior authorization web portals for the purposes of assisting patients and providers with these requests. AdvaMed further urged ONC to consider broader policy challenges associated with the use of prior authorization programs, and to continue efforts to address physician burden and remove barriers to patient access to timely, appropriate care.