A group of patients and advocates rallied Wednesday outside Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare, protesting a policy expansion.
The policy deals with preauthorization for doctors to perform some procedures
The update requires approval from health plans before several more procedures, including some endoscopies and colonoscopies.
Opponents of the change say the move causes unnecessary delays and could lead to more serious health issues.
UnitedHealthcare sent the following statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS:
“UnitedHealthcare covers colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures for our members according to published medical guidelines. People should not experience any delays in scheduling GI procedures when their physician is following these guidelines. Unfortunately, there is significant variation across the country in adherence to these guidelines and each year, our members have more than 6,000 emergency room visits, 2,500 hospitalizations and millions of dollars in complications related to these procedures. Our GI program uses a quick, easy, modern process that provides education to the physician and helps to ensure our members get safe and affordable access to care.”