By Consumers for Quality Care, on May 4, 2022
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that reforms how physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care, according to MiBiz.
The new law does much to streamline health care. First, it shortens the time for health insurers to respond to a prior authorization request from physicians. Second, health insurers will now be required to grant or deny urgent care requests within 72 hours of submission. Finally, physicians would also be required to submit prior authorization requests to insurers electronically in a standardized format to speed up the process.
CQC applauds Michigan lawmakers for implementing these commonsense insurance reforms and urges all lawmakers and providers to eliminate burdensome, unnecessary processes that prevent consumers from receiving the medical care they need.