Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1 Million Hours Of Psychiatrist Time Wasted On Phone Annually Getting Insurance Approvals For Hospitalization Of The Mentally Ill: Harvard Researchers

 A study published today in Annals of Emergency Medicine reports lengthy waits for severely ill psychiatric patients in need of immediate hospitalization in the Boston area, due in part to time-consuming prior authorizations required by insurance companies.

Psychiatrists spent, on average, 38 minutes on the telephone getting authorization. In 10 percent of cases it took more than one hour to obtain insurance authorization; in one case authorization took five hours of psychiatrist time.


1 Million Hours Of Psychiatrist Time Wasted On Phone Annually Getting Insurance Approvals For Hospitalization Of The Mentally Ill: Harvard Researchers

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